Louth businesses to learn about flood protection at plan launch

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Business owners and farmers in Louth will be able to learn more about protecting their property from flooding on Friday, February 24 as the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) launches its water management plan.

The Greater Lincolnshire Water Management Plan was given the green light the Environment Secretary, the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, when it was launched in the House of Commons in September last year.

She praised the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership for being ‘ahead of the game’ when it comes to planning for future water supplies and reducing flood risk.

Now the plan is being given a Lincolnshire launch to allow more interested parties to hear about it and contribute their views.

On the panel will be:

• Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chair – Greater Lincolnshire LEP Chair
• Mark Tinsley, LEP Board Director/ PC Tinsley
• Steve Willis, Lincolnshire County Council
• Sarah Hendry, Policy Director for Floods and Water at DEFRA
• Steve Moncaster, Anglian Water, Project Manager for Water Resources East
• Martin Collison, member of the Greater Lincolnshire Water Management Board and advisor to the LEP on the agri-food sector
• Professor Simon Pearson, Lincoln Institute for AgriFood Technology at the University of Lincoln

The Water Management Plan aims to increase investment in three linked areas: water supply, flood risk reduction and innovative ways of managing water – for example, through schemes which both reduce flood risk whilst securing the water resources needed for growth.

The launch will take place at the Best Western Kenwick Park Hotel near Louth from 9.45am until 11.40am on Friday 24th February 2017.

Mark Tinsley, Board Member of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Water Management Board, said: “Greater Lincolnshire is a growth area which is planning to create 100,000 new homes and 29,000 new jobs and grow its economy by £8 billion by 2030.

“The area also has a long coastline and a great deal of low-lying land – 45% of Greater Lincolnshire is in the flood plain – so flood management is critical to facilitating growth.

“In a low-lying area more storms and sea level rises increase the risk of flooding from the sea.

“Our Water Management Plan is vital as it sets out how we ensure a sustainable water supply in the future while protecting our homes, farms and businesses from flooding.”