Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency visited Derby yesterday to see how the city’s new flood defences are shaping up.
The £95million OCOR project has been developed to reduce flood risk through long-term, and sustainable economic development, creating a high quality riverside, linking the city centre with the river. Once completed, the Our City Our River (OCOR) project will protect around 1500 homes and 700 businesses from flooding.
Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the Economy said:
“Regeneration and development is a major priority for the Council and our partners. There is a clear and long standing desire to use potential investment within the river corridor as a catalyst for regeneration, and we’re confident that the Our City Our River project is going to bring a new lease of life to the area.”
Sir James Bevan continued:
“The Environment Agency is proud to be part of the Our City Our River scheme, which will not only bring improved flood risk management to Derby residents, but enhance the city’s riverside environment for people and wildlife.”
To date, significant funding support has been provided by the Environment Agency, DEFRA, as well as funding from D2N2’s Local Growth Fund.
More information about the OCOR project is available on the Our City Our River webpage.