Flood cash boost for Manhood Peninsula

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FLOOD defences in the Manhood Peninsula are set to receive a cash boost of £270,000.

The area is one of nine priority catchments in West Sussex which will gain more than £35m in funding altogether from the government.

A West Sussex County Council spokesman said a surface water management plan for the peninsula was under way.

He said: “Researchers and specialists are collating data and carrying out surveys. Communities have been engaged to provide insights into local knowledge and historical records.”

The study was funded by £60,000 from the council’s Operation Watershed – a programme of funding and projects to improve flood defences.

Once the study is completed, which is expected to be in February, a report and an action plan will be published.

The funding of £35m will help WSCC invest in the flood risk reduction and mitigation measures the report recommends.

More than 60 projects in West Sussex will receive funding over the next six years to help reduce flood risk to more than 5,000 properties. Some work on the Manhood Peninsula is already under way and some schemes have been completed with the help of money from Operation Watershed.

One project completed this year was the channel in Bookers Lane, Earnley.

Pieter Montyn, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We are very pleased to have been included in this investment, which will ensure we will be able to proceed with some vital local projects.”