WORCESTER MP Robin Walker has welcomed Government investment to tackle flooding on the River Severn.

Mr Walker said: "It shows a significant investment at scale and after lockdown, it's clear people want a greener recovery and this is one of the ways to do that, using environmentally friendly ways."

Flooding campaigner, Mary Dhonau, said: "I'm delighted with the Government's announcement, and it's good that 'soft' options are being planned such as ponds to trap water, as well as the planting of trees and consideration for surface water drainage by creating sustainable green spaces - it's about working with nature, not against it."

"Rainfall is set to increase by 59 per cent by 2050, which will need to deal with."

Worcestershire County Council will be working to support delivery on the project which will help better protect 600 jobs and 80 businesses from the impact of flooding in the town.

Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, said “Flooding can have a devastating impact on homes and businesses, and this was seen as recently as February this year.

“The County Council very much welcomes the funding announced today and will continue to work with the EA to deliver this scheme for Tenbury and other successful flood alleviation schemes across the county, as we have done over many years”

As part of a £5.2bn Government investment announced by the Environment Agency on Monday, a £4.9m funding package has been allocated to the Tenbury flood alleviation scheme.