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Turning to other measures in the Chancellor’s statement, Ankers said; ‘We welcome the initial measures that the Chancellor has announced to help electro-intensive industries. Government has recognised that it has to balance retaining key industries in the UK with the measures it needs to take to ensure long term security of energy supply. Companies in our sector will benefit from the additional rebate on the Climate Change Levy, as well as measures to reduce the cost of the EUETS and the Carbon Price Floor.

But these are only the first steps and we want to see help for companies that use gas as their major source of energy. In particular they would benefit from enhanced capital allowances for investments that improve energy efficiency and the treatment of process emissions in a similar way to other EU Member States.’

Government’s Housing Strategy a Small Step in Right Direction

The government’s housing strategy will make some headway in addressing the massive shortfall in levels of new housing according to the Construction Products Association. The strategy, published today, includes measures to help first time buyers get on the housing ladder through a government mortgage indemnity scheme, which is something that the Association has been calling for.

Noble Francis,  Economics Director at the Construction Products   Noble Francis, (left) Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said: "The mortgage indemnity scheme is certainly the main highlight of today’s housing strategy. However other key announcements, including the £400 million Get Britain Building pot for stalled building sites, lack detail as it is unclear where this funding will be coming from and how it will be implemented.

The proposals surrounding the Right to Buy scheme are interesting but unfortunately are not likely to have an impact in the short to medium term as the government has made clear its intention to consult before moving forward. At present government itself estimates that more than 260,000 households will be created each year over the next two decades yet housing supply remains at less than half this figure. Although the measures announced today are a welcome attempt at addressing the failing housing market, much more needs to be done."

 

 

Work begins on Teignmouth tidal defence scheme

Environment Agency plans to start work on the flood defence scheme designed to protect the back beach and town centre areas of Teignmouth.

The £4 million scheme is designed to minimise flood risk to 413 properties, plus an additional 256 above ground level. The working dockyard, Fish and New quays, and property frontages are to be incorporated into the defences.
The scheme is funded by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) together with contributions from Teignbridge District and Teignmouth Town Councils.

The proposals include new flood defence walls, building on top of existing walls, and using existing property frontages. They will also include new flood gates, ramps and steps to maintain access to the quays and foreshore. The flood gates are an essential part of the new defences and will be operated by the Town Council.

The Environment Agency will set-up compounds in the town’s Quay Road car park and Brunswick Street which will become the site offices and works storage areas for machinery and materials.

‘We are delighted to start work on the new flood defence scheme. These defences will drastically reduce the risk of flooding and give peace of mind to those living in the area,’ said James Morrish, Chairman of South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

The Agency is working closely with South West Water, to align the construction with improvement works that they will be undertaking to storm storage tanks beneath Fish Quay. By undertaking the two projects at the same time using the same contractor not only will disruption to Teignmouth be minimised but also construction costs will be reduced.
The same project team will be used that built the flood defences in Shaldon and Ringmore, and they will work in a considerate and efficient way to minimise disruption.

‘We are setting up the compounds and offices in the run up to Christmas to enable us to start the main works on 9 January 2012. This will hopefully allow us to complete the works before the school summer holidays in July 2012. Whilst there will be some disruption all efforts will be made to keep this to a minimum,’ said Andy Hohl for the Environment Agency.

 

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