Millions needed to repair storm damage, says MP

THE extensive damage to Monmouthshire’s infrastructure caused by fierce winter storms will cost millions of pounds to repair, claims Monmouth MP David Davies.

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David Davies MP and County Cllr Peter Fox inspect damage caused by a landslip at Penallt

Mr Davies visited areas affected by the recent bad weather on Thursday (13th February) with the Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, County Cllr Peter Fox. The duo met with senior highway officials dealing with the aftermath of flooding, landslips and trees felled by severe gales.

“Landslides have been a particular issue, with at least half a dozen in Monmouthshire,” said Mr Davies.

“These could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds each to clear and put right.

“On top of that, there has been other damage to roads and the clean-up operation following widespread flooding has been very expensive.”

Calls are now being made to ensure Wales receives its fair share of money being provided by the UK Government for repair work.

“It is vital the Welsh Government passes this cash on to local authorities,” added Mr Davies, who pledged to raise the issue in Parliament.

County Cllr Fox said: “The situation is serious but I pay tribute to council staff who have worked incredibly long hours to minimise problems.

“In Monmouth, the flood defence scheme has stood up well and I have been assured it is in no danger of being breached.”

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