Lancaster MP Cat Smith calls for government funding for local flood defences

Flooding in Lancaster in December.

Flooding in Lancaster in December.

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Lancaster MP Cat Smith has launched a campaign urging members of the public to support her letter to the Chancellor to secure funds for flood defences in Lancaster.

After visiting local businesses on the Lansil Industrial Estate and along Caton Road in the months after Storm Desmond, Ms Smith met with the Environment Agency (EA) to discuss flood prevention in the city.

Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

The EA have plans, the first phase of which would take place on the Caton Road stretch of the River Lune and the cost is £11million.

Ms Smith has the support of 16 local businesses and is asking members of the public to sign up to her letter to the Chancellor to commit to funds in the Autumn Statement.

Ms Smith said: “These industrial estates represent a significant proportion of the industrial area of Lancaster.

“The businesses who have endorsed this letter employ more than 1,500 people, and generate millions for the local economy, and this is not a complete audit of the affected area.

Flooding in Caton Road, Lancaster, in December.

Flooding in Caton Road, Lancaster, in December.

“Businesses on the estates have expressed to me their concern that another flood event would at worst see their businesses fold, and at best mean that they had to relocate to other sites, which would cost Lancaster much needed industries and jobs.

“The Environment Agency has developed a scheme that would defend approximately 120 retail and industrial properties from a one in 100 year flood event, at an estimated cost of £11million.

“However, as yet, the Government has not committed funds to this project. I understand that approximately £350million remains unallocated from the Flood Recovery Fund established following Storm Desmond, and therefore ask that funds be allocated to the Caton Road Flood Defence project in the Autumn Statement.”

The 16 local businesses supporting this are Kidds Transport Ltd, Fibaform Products Ltd, Pagefast Print & Publishing Ltd, Signs Express Lancaster, Lancaster Rubber, Vertella, M Woodhouse Transport Ltd, Carrs Billington Agriculture (Operations) Limited, Lanes Vets Ltd, Sofidel UK, SJ Bargh Group, Dennison Trailers Ltd, ERIKS UK, Brian Yates (Interiors) Ltd, Northwood Tissue (Lancaster) Ltd and Standfast & Barracks.

Flooding in Lancaster in December.

Flooding in Lancaster in December.