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Extra £50,000 flood funding for Moreton-in-Marsh


Gloucestershire County Council has announced additional funding so that phase two of the Moreton-in-Marsh flood alleviation scheme can begin.

During the first phase of the scheme a culverted road crossing was installed to allow the main channel work to take place.

The second phase will complete the channel around the western side of the town and connect it to the new culvert below Stow Road.

The project is being led by Cotswold District Council in consultation with local councillors, Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council and the Moreton-in-Marsh Flood Project Board.

Once complete the work should protect up to 300 homes and businesses in the town that were previously at risk from flooding.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, "I'm proud that Gloucestershire County Council has been able to step in and provide another £50,000 in addition to the £330,000 we've already set aside to help Cotswold District Council complete this vital flood protection scheme. This really shows the benefits that working together as a county offers to the Cotswolds."

Cllr Nigel Moor, local county councillor for Stow-on-the-Wold and member of the Moreton-in-Marsh Flood Project Board said, "Our project board has worked tirelessly to get this flood protection scheme carried out and I hope it will receive planning permission in the coming weeks. It's wonderful that the county council has been so generous in providing financial support to help Cotswold District Council fulfil this work. It's a good example of what we can achieve if we all remain part of the Gloucestershire family."

The work can begin this summer if planning permission is granted in April.

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