Extra flood defence money for Kinmel Bay


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

KINMEL Bay is to share in more than £3.8m of flood defence repair funding received by Conwy County Council.

Parts of Kinmel Bay were affected by flooding in December after a storm surge which saw properties flooded and people evacuated from homes and a local caravan park.

The town will now receive £1.2m of funding which has been approved by the Welsh Government.

Alun Davies AM, Minister for Natural Resources, said: “We know that the weather over recent months has been extreme and that coastal authorities particularly have been working hard to repair the damage and ensure that flood defences within their communities are sound."

The next largest allocation, at £701,000, was given to neighbouring Denbighshire.

Cllr Mike Priestley, Conwy’s Cabinet member for Highways, Environment &
Sustainability, said: “We’re grateful ministers took the time to visit Conwy County Borough after the storms and we’re very pleased to receive this support.

"We have identified the impact of the storm damage and will be spending this money to provide protection for properties, our communities and important infrastructure. I know we’ve got some challenging work and timescales ahead of us."

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar said: "This is very welcome news indeed. Since the floods happened I know residents have been extremely concerned that their homes could be hit again. Improving the flood defences on the beach will give them peace of mind.

"They can rebuild their lives now knowing that they will have the protection they deserve.

"Having lived through the devastating floods in Towyn in 1990, I know how heartbreaking it can be to have your home or business ruined.

"Nobody can control the weather, all we can do is ensure that the best protection from flooding is in place. I know the residents of Kinmel Bay will be as happy as I am that this additional funding has been approved.”

At a recent public meeting organized and chaired by Mr Millar residents who homes were ruined by the floods expressed concern that it could happen again and called for improved defences.

The Welsh Government announced earlier this week that it had allocated an extra £723,000 for flood-hit areas in Conwy and Denbighshire for tourism.

Denbighshire's funds will be put towards helping the area's tourism infrastructure back on its feet after the floods - including repairs to beach access at Rhyl - with the aim of ensuring all areas are open for business before Easter.

The funds given to Conwy will go towards repairing the promenade at Deganwy quay, as well as the cycle track running between Llandudno and Deganwy.

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