MP calls for immediate action on Westward Ho! flood damage

07:00 28 January 2014

Geoffrey Cox MP assessing the damage to the sea wall in Westward Ho! with John Martin of Carousel Amusements.

Geoffrey Cox MP assessing the damage to the sea wall in Westward Ho! with John Martin of Carousel Amusements.

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MP for Torridge and West Devon pays a visit to the village after the recent storms.

THE MP for Torridge and West Devon has urged Torridge District Council and the Environment Agency to take immediate action.

Geoffrey Cox visited Westward Ho! on Friday to take a look at the damage caused by recent storms, and speak to local people.

Mr Cox met residents whose gardens had flooded, business owners who were badly affected by the flooding and saw the damage to the sea wall and pebble ridge.

He said: “The recent floods have caused extremely significant damage; the sea wall is cracked, the steel supports have been eroded and the Pebble Ridge itself has been greatly reduced in size over recent years.

“It is clear from the damage that has been done in the last few weeks that the situation is worsening and that something must be done soon. Doing nothing is simply not an option.”

Mr Cox said he had spoken to both Torridge and the EA and had been assured the village was a priority for action.

He added: “I am also made aware by the Environment Agency that money is available to Torridge District Council to make the needed repairs, and I am therefore urging them to apply immediately for the emergency Environment Agency FCERM Capital Grant.

“I will of course do whatever I can to assist them to obtain the necessary finance to protect this valuable stretch of coastline, and will continue to apply pressure on this matter at both a local and national level.”

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