MP Sandy Martin sees work to save Ipswich from flooding threat

Work on the Ipswich Flood Barrier taking shape. Picture: JASON NOBLE

Work on the Ipswich Flood Barrier taking shape. Picture: JASON NOBLE - Credit: Archant

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has seen how the Environment Agency’s work to improve flood defences is nearing completion during a tour of its site on the Wet Dock island.

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin. Picture-Seana Hughes

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin. Picture-Seana Hughes

The final phase of the £58m scheme to protect the town centre from the threat of flood surges is now approaching – a huge gate to seal off the New Cut and prevent flooding is expected to be fitted within the next few months.

Mr Martin was shown the progress from Environment Agency staff who are working on the project.

He said: “I am really impressed by this work and relieved that it will help protect the town centre and encourage more investment in Ipswich with more land ready to be developed.

“It has taken longer than it should, but I am pleased that the borough council was able to push hard to ensure the work was carried out and that soon properties in the heart of the town will be better protected.”


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