Millions for county’s 60 flood defences

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MORE than 5,000 properties will be protected from flooding thanks to £35m worth of government funding.

The chancellor has announced that 60 projects across West Sussex will benefit as part of a £2.3bn investment in flood defences across the country.

Selsey, East Wittering and the Manhood Peninsular will receive funding over the next six years.

Pieter Montyn, West Sussex County Council’s highways and transport spokesman, said: ‘We are very pleased to have been included in this investment, which will ensure we will be able to proceed with some vital local projects.

‘There is a lot of work going on across the county being carried out by ourselves, district and borough councils and the Environment Agency. We have a long list of projects to progress, only some of which will receive funding by central government.

‘We are all working hard in partnership to deliver the actions set out in the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and help reduce the risk of flooding in West Sussex.’