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Flooding in Somerset - county council to fight for fairer funding

By mmanning  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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Somerset County Council says it is leading the fight to secure a fairer deal for funding to help the county combat flooding.

Council leader John Osman said Somerset has been short-changed over the years, and major investment in flood prevention is now needed.

"Our communities deserve better, and we will fight to get more help from government," he said.

"This council, despite its financial challenges, has put its hand in its pocket and found £300,000 for river dredging. We have also made a further £500,000 available to help victims and communities over the past 12 months. Now it is time for Government to stump up significant sums of money so we are not in this position year after year."

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His call came after the council called for all West Country MPs and MEPs to support Somerset's lobbying of government ministers for emergency funding.

"We want everyone to get behind Somerset County Council as we take the fight to government. With everyone behind it we can present a very strong case for extra investment."

Mr Osman's comments came as the county council has funded Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service to provide a three times a day boat service to the stranded community of Muchelney.

"The community there last year was told it was a once in a 100 years flood. This is now twice in 100 years. We must press government and if necessary Europe to come up with significant help," Mr Osman added.

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