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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Minister views Cockermouth flood defences

Employment minister Esther McVey was in Cockermouth this week to view the town’s flood defences.

Ms McVey was one of 11 MPs chosen by Prime Minister David Cameron to visit flood-prone areas across the country as part of a fact-finding mission.

She said: “I am looking to make sure we have the right infrastructure, the right resilience and the right schemes in place.

“I am totally impressed with Cockermouth. It’s such a beautiful part of the world.

“You can see the scale of the work that has taken place since the floods.”

Her tour took her along the B5300 near Allonby to look at coastal erosion threatening a section of road there.

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She then visited Cockermouth’s Main Street, where an £1.7 million improvement scheme to help protect the town from flooding is being carried out.

She spoke to county councillors Alan Kennon and Keith Little and workers from Main Street contractors Aggregate Industries.

She was given a tour of flood defences at Waterloo Bridge and Rubby Banks Road by members of the Environment Agency.

She spoke to Sue Cashmore, chairman of the town’s flood action group, and Andy Walsh, chairman of Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade.

Ms McVey, who will visit other flood-prone areas in the North West, will present her findings directly to Mr Cameron.

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