Fury as Hambledon misses out on flood funding

The flooding in Hambledon is likely to get even worse with the recent heavy rain and more is forecasted. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14276-7643)
The flooding in Hambledon is likely to get even worse with the recent heavy rain and more is forecasted. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14276-7643)

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HAMBLEDON being missed out of a £130m flood defence package from the government has caused outrage.

Today Floods Minister Dan Rogerson announced 42 new flood schemes across the country to protect thousands of homes and businesses.

But Hambledon, which has been flooded for more than a fortnight, has not been included on the list.

It comes after villagers wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron last month, pleading for a new underground pipe to be built beneath the village’s main road to improve drainage.

The scheme, costing £3.5m, was not among last year’s approved schemes and has now missed out for a second year.

It means villagers could have to endure another winter at the mercy of mother nature and with the constant threat of flooding.

Tony Higham, chairman of Hambledon Flood Action Group, said: ‘It’s utterly and totally unacceptable.

‘We will be going straight back to the Prime Minister who asked us to write to him about three weeks ago.

‘What I see is the mountain of support behind Hambledon from not only villagers but outsiders.

‘The roads are so broken. The damage is considerable.

‘The repair cost for the road is going to be in the order of half to three quarters of a million pounds.

‘To repair the roads and then dig them up a year later would be so utterly ludicrous.

‘That would be a crass waste of public money. The two jobs have to be done together.’

The news comes as it continues to rain in the village and the water is not expected to go down for at least another fortnight.