At a recent cabinet meeting, New Forest District Council (NFDC) agreed a new Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy (FCERM). Part of this plan is an investment strategy which will address the means by which NFDC will secure funding for projects. It has been drawn up in response to central government cutting funds available for lower-priority schemes. As a result councils must now try to involve other groups and match-fund the cash they need from Whitehall.
As well as an increase in council tax another proposal is to identify funding available from local stakeholders including town and parish councils. Other sources could be the local enterprise group and applying for grant funding from organisations such as the National Lottery. It is recognised that community engagement will be a key requirement of gaining support for any scheme.
NFDC are already partnering with Lymington and Pennington Town Council on plans to improve facilities on Lymington Quay.
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