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SUSSEX REBELS AGAINST EA FLOOD DEFENCE LEVY INCREASE

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Councillors in Sussex are the first to reject calls from the Environment Agency's calls and government ministers fo...
Councillors in Sussex are the first to reject calls from the Environment Agency's calls and government ministers for increased flood-defencing spending next year, the Surveyor (p4) reported last week.

In a compromise deal six local authority members of Sussex's flood defence committee agreed to raise the levy on West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove councils by 6.3 per cent instead of 8 per cent required by the agency.

The EA described the rebuff as bitterly disappointing, after floods minister Elliot Morley called on local authorities in October to adequately fund flood warning improvements.

So far flood defence committees have either endorsed levy increases in fully or deferred decisions.
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