(2) which river maintenance schemes in the Essex catchment area have received funding from his Department in the last 12 months; and how much was spent on each such scheme;
(3) which flood protection schemes in the Essex catchment area have received funding from his Department in the last 12 months; and how much was spent on each such scheme in that period.
[holding answer 31 March 2009]: During the financial year 2008-09, the Environment Agency has spent the following on constructing new, and refurbishing existing flood defences in Essex:
£0.65 million—Canvey Island;
£0.16 million—developing schemes for Brightlingsea and Great Wakering;
£2.62 million—on over 30 smaller tidal and river defence schemes.
£4.67 million has been spent during 2008-09 on the general maintenance of river and tidal defences in Essex by the Anglian Eastern Area of the Environment Agency. Work has been carried out across the county at many locations, covering routine maintenance and one-off repairs to defences and structures, and is not broken down into specific schemes.
The following Capital Flood Defence schemes in the Essex Catchment have received funding during 2008-09 and will continue into the next five years. Based on our current plans, funding will be allocated to the following projects over the period 2009 to 2014 in the amounts indicated:
£11.2 million—Great Wakering;
£0.7 million—Holland Sluice;
£0.3 million—Thames Tidal Defences;
£0.8 million—Tilbury Barrier;
In addition to the above, £4.27 million has been allocated to schemes for maintenance of river and tidal defences in 2009-10. Future years’ maintenance is likely to be funded to a similar figure.
The Environment Agency's Capital Works database