Flood minister in Denver

MP Rory Stewart with MP Elizabeth Truss and West Norfolk councilllor Brian Long
MP Rory Stewart with MP Elizabeth Truss and West Norfolk councilllor Brian Long
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The minister responsible for flood defences visited West Norfolk to look at some of this area’s barriers.

Last year the Government announced Norfolk’s flood defences would be boosted by £55 million to protect 5,800 homes by 2021.

Flood minister Rory Stewart joined South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, secretary for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in visiting Denver Sluice on Wednesday.

Mr Stewart, a Cumbrian MP, met with staff from the Environment Agency, which runs the complex,

Denver Sluice plays an important role in protecting the area from flooding over five centuries. It supplies water to three reservoirs in Essex along with being used by boaters to navigate the river.

During the visit Mr Stewart also held discussions with the Internal Drainage Board.

Mr Stewart said: “As a part of this Government’s long-term investment programme, we are investing £55m in Norfolk’s flood defences to better protect around 5,800 homes by 2021.

“East Anglia is home to some of the world’s most magnificent nature and countryside – its unique landscape should be celebrated and protected.

“It has been great to come see the Denver Sluice, a facility that has played a key role in protecting the area from flooding for centuries and to meet Environment Agency staff who work hard to make sure this continues for generations to come.’

Ms Truss was delighted with the day’s visit.

She said: ‘I was extremely pleased Rory came to visit this unique part of the country.

“The Fens is a very special landscape and the collaborative work done by the EA and IDBs ensures the successful management of the waterways.

“With over £2.3 billion committed over the next six years for flood defences in England; the Denver Sluice complex is an excellent example of investment in a key engineering structure that is vital to the protection of land, businesses and homes.

“I am delighted Rory had the opportunity to visit.”