Decisive talks over £60m fund delayed

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A PLANNED meeting at Westminster aimed at thrashing out a solution to a village’s flood crisis was cancelled.

Villagers in Hambledon were eagerly anticipating the meeting between two senior leaders at Hampshire County Council, Councillors Roy Perry and Sean Woodward, and flood minister Dan Rogerson.

But the meeting will now have to be rescheduled as the minister was ill yesterday.

The meeting was aimed at securing £60m for Hampshire, with £35m spent on repairing water-damaged roads and £25m to improve flood defences.

Of that £25m, £1.5m from the government is needed to build a 1m-wide pipe beneath Hambledon’s main road to carry groundwater.

Mik Norman, chairman of Hambledon Parish Council, said: ‘We are disappointed the meeting has been cancelled, but obviously if the minister is ill, it can’t be helped.

‘We feel the sooner we can establish the case, the better.’

Tony Higham, chairman of the flood action group, said he was quietly confident that the work would be done before next winter.

The B2150 through Hambledon is expected to reopen on Thursday.