Earlier this week, as a result of the Cooperation Agreement between Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government, a £75m funding package to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion for 2023-24 was announced.
Of the £75m, over £14m has been secured for projects across South Wales Central which includes over £3.4m for projects in Rhondda Cynon Taf, £5m for projects in Cardiff and £5.7m for projects in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The investment comes as increased flooding due to climate change poses a significant threat to Welsh homes and businesses. Plaid Cymru has been calling for an increase in funding for flood prevention, arguing that it should be a national priority given the frequency and severity of flooding events.
Speaking following the announcement, Heledd Fychan, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd said: “I am so pleased that we have secured the biggest every investment in flood defence and mitigation schemes through the Cooperation Agreement.
“With the increasing frequency of severe flooding events due to climate change, this investment will be crucial in mitigating the impact of flooding on homes and businesses from future flooding through major schemes, such as the one announced for Dinas Powys and many different parts of RCT.
“However, as we know further investment will also be required and I will continue to fight for all communities who continue to live in fear of flooding.”