MP meeting Environment Agency to discuss Earby Flood Work Delay

Following the news that the repair work on Victoria Culvert in Earby has hit a problem on Monday 18th September Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, visited to meet the project team and see first-hand the issues they are facing.

The Environment Agency's £1 million flood alleviation project on Victoria Clough will provide vital protection to 91 homes and 17 businesses in Earby. However, the project has been set back due to a major obstruction discovered whilst drilling the new culvert beneath the disused railway embankment just under halfway along the route.

Andrew Stephenson MP said “It has been very frustrating how long this scheme has taken to get underway, so I share residents despair at any further delay. Fortunately, the majority of the work is already complete or well underway and the Environment Agency’s contractors, JBA Bentley, are on site working to find a solution so the culvert repair can be completed as quickly as possible.”

“I was also able to discuss other flood alleviation works that are required around Earby and will be raising some of the issues again with the Government. I brought the flooding Minister Dr Therese Coffey MP to Earby in April and will continue to keep Earby on the agenda in Westminster.”