More needs to be done to protect rural communities and businesses from the threat of flooding despite this week’s investment announcement, it has been claimed.
Nicola Currie, eastern region director of the CLA, said communities were still “alarmingly vulnerable” one year on from the devastating tidal surge.
Mrs Currie said the cash had already been described as “inadequate” by the National Audit Office and added: “Funding must be part of a broader strategy that provides genuine reassurance that the risk of flooding is being tackled comprehensively.
“The Government and the Environment Agency must make it easier for landowners by cutting red tape and encouraging new, effective approaches to managing drainage.
“Without this support we risk losing valuable agricultural land, homes and communities.
But the Government claims its programme of investment is “unprecedented” and will enable communities to properly plan for the long term.
Environment secretary, and South West Norfolk MP, Elizabeth Truss said: “This long-term investment will allow businesses and communities to thrive and local economies to flourish by delivering greater protection from flood risk over the next six years.”