Richard Benyon MP praises the Environment Agency at the opening of Newbury's Flood Alleviation Scheme

This morning, Richard Benyon opened Newbury’s new multi-million pound flood alleviation scheme that will protect more than 450 properties and critical infrastructure.

The joint scheme, led by the Environment Agency, with support from West Berkshire Council, Newbury Town Council and local businesses aims to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Kennet.

Richard later visited Shaw and Eastbury to talk with residents who are at flood risk and some who have been flooded.

Richard said, “This scheme is great news for the people of Newbury and I want to go on record as praising the work of the Environment Agency. Not only have they aided in the delivery of this scheme, but they have been top drawer in keeping me informed of the latest developments in the constituency over the last few weeks.”

He continued, “In the communities I have visited today, I have been encouraged by residents’ resilience. I remain in constant contact with all agencies and will do everything within my power to assist flooded communities in the coming days.”