Boston MP secures £300k flood fund

BOSTON MP Mark Simmonds has secured £300,000 to go towards flood defences.

The MP acquired the money from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the Hobhole Sluice Door project in the Witham, which aims to protect an estimated 740 homes between Boston and Skegness.

Mr Simmonds said: “I am exceptionally pleased that the Government has granted Boston and Skegness this important funding for flood defences.

“This money will go a long way to protecting homes in my constituency.”

The money has been made available as part of the Government’s plan to properly protect homes at risk of flooding and ensure residents in flood risk areas are able to keep the value of their homes despite adverse conditions.

It comes after community leaders and drainage boards hit back at statistics which showed more homes in Boston and Skegness had a severe risk of flooding than anywhere else in the UK.

The Association of British Insurers released figures which revealed the constituency had 7,550 homes in significant danger of flooding.

However, Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford said the companies had used a broad-brush assessment and stated Boston had not flooded in 200 years.