WORK on Braunton’s flood defence improvement scheme has begun to reduce the risk of flooding in the village.

The scheme has been put together by the Environment Agency in conjunction with the parish council following the last bad flooding in 2004.

The vital improvement works involveHordens Bridge, the village’s memorial gardens and behind Caen Street Shops on Thursday, November 10.

It is planned the work, costing £1.2 million will last six months and finish at the end of April 2012. Two children from Caen Primary School were invited to start the works by cutting a ribbon with James Morrish, chairman South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

A quarter of the funding has come from the South West Regional Flood Defence Committee’s local levy and the rest from a grant-in-aid settlement. Information boards in the memorial gardens show how and when the work is being carried out.

There will also be a display of historic photos and the plans for the scheme in Braunton and District Museum on Caen Street.

Any media calls should be directed to the Environment Agency press office on 01392 442084.

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Note to Editors :

The media are invited to attend the event to mark the beginning of the flood defence work at 10am on Thursday November 10. Children from Caen Primary School will be shown the plans and cut a ribbon with James Morrish, flood defence committee chairman.