The Minister for Water and Rural Growth Robbie Moore has today visited the STARR Project in Par and St Blazey to see an update on the vital flood defence works as they near completion.
Joined by local Member of Parliament Steve Double and representatives from the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council, the Minister was given a tour of flood defence works that have been put in place around the communities in recent years.
Commenting, Steve Double MP said:
“As a proud St Blazey boy, I have grown up and lived through the historical flooding issues that blight the area. The STARR Project is one that I have seen through from creation, having been responsible for its initial creation while on Cornwall Council back in 2012, and having since worked relentlessly as MP to ensure it received the £36million funding needed to make it a reality.”
“The STARR Project is now nearing completion and it was great to show the Minister around some of the works, so he can see for himself the physical impact of the funding from Government that we have secured. I look forward to the project’s completion and it making a big positive impact on the people who live and work in the Par and St Blazey area.”
Commenting, Minister for Water and Rural Growth Robbie Moore said:
“Recent winter storms have affected communities right across the country, including in Cornwall. Protecting people, homes and businesses continues to be our top priority.
“It was fantastic to see the Par and St Blazey flood defence scheme, currently in its final stage of delivery thanks to the impressive partnership efforts of Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency. This £36 million scheme, which combines traditional defences with environmental measures like rain gardens, is one of the biggest investments in the area for years, and will defend the community and support the local economy for many years to come.”