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August 13 2015.

Newhaven's MP Maria Caulfield says that today’s heavy rain has shown how important the new flood defence improvements are going to be for the town. The area around the industrial estate was flooded, with emergency services in attendance, following the extensive downpours which occurred this morning.

In recent correspondence from East Sussex County Council Cabinet Member, Councillor Rupert Simmons, Maria was advised that:

A total funding package of £9m will deliver flood alleviation to Newhaven key sites unlocking the potential for further growth.

Site surveys, (topographical, ground conditions and ecological), are currently being carried out and preferred design options will be agreed for consideration by the Environment Agency in September. The Environment Agency will consult those residents and businesses that may be directly affected by the proposals before any detailed designs are finalised.

This will be funded by: Newhaven Flood Defences - £6m from Environment Agency,£1.5m South East Local Enterprise Partnership and £1.5m from Coast2Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Maria said: 'The heavy rain and the storm we had today shows that we need fast action in Newhaven on flooding. I am pleased this comprehensive package of measures has been agreed and is coming forward. Work cannot start soon enough and I am glad that surveys are being carried out and consultation with residents will take place.

Pictured: Maria at St. Andrews Church fete in Bishopstone earlier this month