If the South East region is to achieve its growth plans over the next 20 years it will need to invest at least £89 billion in transport, schools, hospitals and flood defences.
The South East Regional Assembly (Seera) and Environment Agency (EA) have jointly estimated that the region needs at least £42bn for flood defences, water resources, maintaining water quality, waste treatment and countryside protection. Plus £47bn already calculated for other infrastructure such as health services, schools and transport if the region is to grow sustainably.
The newly elected Chairman of the planning committee, Cllr Moira Gibson, said: “Recent flooding demonstrates the importance of adequate investment in infrastructure, including flood defences and water supply.
“Some investment is in hand but there remains a significant funding gap. We will continue to press Government for more investment to make sure the South East`s thriving economy keeps going; we need a bigger slice of the budget cake.“
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