Meon Valley MP welcomes cash boost

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A CASH injection of £1.4m that will complete a flood defence scheme has been welcomed by a village’s MP.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery was delighted to hear the news that the government is pumping £1.4m into the flood scheme alleviation scheme in Hambledon.

The money is the final piece of the jigsaw to complete the £4.3m project.

Mr Hollingbery said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted the tremendous efforts of Tony Higham, his team of campaigners and the local people of Hambledon has ensured the funding is now forthcoming for this much-needed scheme that will hopefully save the village from the misery of future flooding.

‘When I accompanied the then flood envoy Greg Barker to Hambledon after last winter’s floods, he went away quite convinced about the arguments we were all making on how much this work was needed. Then, with a bit of persuasion in the corridors of Parliament, the community’s effort has paid off.’

The work will finish some time in 2016.