Anna Soubry MP welcomes the opening of the Attenborough Flood Defences

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry has today attended the opening of the Attenborough and Beeston Rylands stretch of the River Trent flood wall. The plans for Attenborough were highly controversial proposing the flood wall should go down The Strand putting the cricket, bowls and football fields into the flood plain.

Anna Soubry backed the campaign to build the flood wall away from the Strand and to protect the playing fields from flooding. “I was the candidate for Broxtowe at the time and it was tough standing up for residents against Labour’s support for the route down the Strand, but we got there in the end and I want to thank the Environment Agency and the various wildlife organisations who found a compromise in everyone’s interest.

Opposition to the original plans did not cause any delay and I am delighted the Environment Agency and the contractors delivered three months ahead of schedule and under budget.

Attenborough people suffered terribly in the last floods in 2000 and now they, and people in Beeston Rylands, can sleep easy in their beds knowing that, if the Trent is in danger of flooding, their homes are now safe.

Attenborough cricket club now has one of the best boundaries of any cricket club and we all look forward to next season when play begins again.”