£1 million awarded to the North West for flood protection

Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced that a £1 million natural flood scheme has been approved which will help people, homes and businesses have better protection from flooding across the north west.

The “Slow the Flow” project will benefit more than 1,000 properties across Delph, Stalybridge, Uppermill, Mossley, Glossop, Hayfield and Whaley Bridge. It will aim to reduce the flow of water reaching communities nearby rivers. The project will help reduce the need for channel maintenance, as measures to reduce the flow of running water should trap the sediment within the water.

Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey stated: “I’m delighted to announce £1 million to help communities all over the North West make the most of the inventive yet effective natural flood management measures that are available today. Multiple ‘slow-the flow’ schemes will help protect families, homes and businesses from the devastation that flooding can cause.”

A wide variety of partners, including United Utilities, Cheshire Wildlife and Irwell River Trust will help out with this project. This scheme is just one of 58 throughout England that will profit from the government funding for natural flood defences which is totalling £15 million.