Payment warning on flood defences

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A senior borough councillor has suggested that communities which do not contribute towards the cost of future flood defences may not benefit from their protection.

West Norfolk Council deputy leader Brian Long made the comments in a BBC radio documentary looking at the challenges facing communities around the Wash, which was broadcast on Wednesday evening.

He said protecting some areas and not others was “a bit of a blunt instrument”, but added: “In reality, those that aren’t paying shouldn’t get the benefit.”

When pressed further, he said it was “potentially” a consequence of areas not joining a community trust scheme to fund works.

But he added: “There’s only a certain amount of money that will go into the pot and if there’s not sufficient funds to protect all of the coastline in question, we may have to be selective in where the works are done.”