Flood Defences Need Improving Now

The government has been warned that homeowners in some parts of the UK risk losing their properties because cash intended to improve flood defences will not be received in time.

The government has pledged to increase spending on flood defences from ?600 million per year to ?800 million by 2010/11 but the Local Government Association (LGA) says that action is needed now.

In a submission to the Pitt Review, which is looking at flooding in Yorkshire and Humberside, the organisation said "three years is simply too long to wait".

Paul Bettison, chairman of the LGA environment board said that people living in these areas are at risk of having their properties submerged.

"There is no guarantee we will not see a repeat of the heavy rainfall which led to that flooding, and so it is vital we start improving our systems and defences as soon as possible," he warned.

"The government provided additional funding to deal with the clean-up operation over the summer.

"The prime minister's decision to invest more in flood defences was also a positive move, but three years is simply too long to wait," added Mr Bettison.

Fast property sale expert Julian King adds, "The recent media coverage and the introduction of Hips has made people more aware of the risk of flooding. In some cases, this has made people overly cautious.

"Eitherway, we are now seeing a distinct change in the average property value because buyers are conditioned to look more carefully at nearby flood plains, leading to a reduction in property prices.

"With research now highlighting that 20 per cent of property sellers have had difficulty because of the risk of flood, homeowners can take solace in a company like National Homebuyers, as we guarantee to make an offer on any property in the UK".

National Homebuyers are the UK's leading fast property purchase firm. They also arrange a Sell and Rent back Solution where the homeowner can sell their property, but remain living there as a tenant for as long as desired.

Abbey recently revealed that one in five people have had difficulty selling their property due to the house being in a flood risk zone.

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Company Name: National Homebuyers
Issued By: Charlotte Burrows
Phone: 0870 979 8118
Address: Sterling House 20 Victoria Way
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by Charlotte Burrows (few years ago!)

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