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Kempston receives major boost to flood management

January 20, 2022 10:00 AM
Originally published by Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats

Mayor Dave Hodgson and Linda Jack at Kempston Mill BridgeAs part of the Budget announcement that has already set aside funding for climate change projects, green space investment and improvements to the road network, Mayor Dave Hodgson has also announced investment to improve Kempston's natural flood management. Commenting on the proposal, Mayor Dave said "After the flooding in 2020 that impacted many residents and businesses, it is vital that we put measures in place to prevent these issues in the future. I am very pleased that we are investing in this area, which will protect homes and businesses in Kempston."

This project will look to reduce the flood risk in the West of Kempston, by using Natural Flood Management on the Wood End Brook Catchment, that outfalls down Water Lane to the River Great Ouse. This announcement forms part of a range of investment schemes across the Borough to help protect our local environment, including footways and pavement renewal, protective measures for parks and a new drainage system on Halsey Road, Kempston.

Local Liberal Democrat Campaigner, Linda Jack also showed her support. Linda said "I am aware of just how important flood management is to the people of Kempston, especially those of us who live near the river. I therefore welcome this much needed investment that will protect residents and businesses whilst maintaining the natural beauty of the area."