£1.96 million for Boverton flood prevention scheme

14 January 2016

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has announced that £1.96 million has been allocated for the next financial year in the Welsh Government's Draft Budget 2016-17 to complete an important flood defence scheme at Boverton in the Vale of Glamorgan.


The scheme is in an area that has suffered frequent flooding in recent years. It will reduce risk to around 17 homes and businesses and also provide amenity improvements. The scheme will be built alongside and complement an existing project nearby in Llanmaes reducing risk to the wider catchment.


Met Office records show that December 2015 has been the wettest since records began with parts of Wales experiencing flooding over the Christmas period.


Carl Sargeant said the flood defence scheme in Boverton would make a huge difference to the lives of residents in the area who face the threat of having their homes and businesses flooded during bad weather.


He added: “Minimising the effects of flooding and keeping our communities safe are key priorities for this Government.


“Sustained Welsh Government investment in flood defences, awareness raising as well as forecast and warning systems over the last few decades is having an impact in making communities more resilient to flooding.  Flood defence schemes such as the one which will be completed in Boverton is an example of this.”


Cllr Gwyn John, Leader of the Llantwit First Group within the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “As we are currently seeing in other parts of the UK, the impact of flooding can blight the lives of whole communities. Having witnessed first-hand the devastating effect flooding has had on Boverton and Llanmaes in the past I have long been determined to do all I can to make sure it can never happen again.


“In my role as Cabinet member for Visible and Leisure Services I have campaigned passionately for improved flood defences for the area, and have overseen the development of the Boverton flood alleviation scheme that is being announced today.


“The commitment of over £250,000 from the Vale of Glamorgan Council for this scheme is further evidence of the current administration’s determination to tackle the risk of flooding across the Vale. While others may do a good job of talking about issues, this flood alleviation scheme and those already being delivered for Barry and Llanmaes, along with the enhanced scrutiny of proposed new developments now undertaken as part of the planning process, show clearly that it is the current administration of the Vale of Glamorgan Council that is tackling them.”