Making case for raising sea defences in Fens

Welland & Deeping IDB's tidal surge sign at Surfleet Seas End.
Welland & Deeping IDB's tidal surge sign at Surfleet Seas End.

Simon Fisher, NFU county adviser, was at the sea defence meeting at Vernatt’s Sluice in Surfleet Seas End, along with the CLA’s Nicola Currie, farmer Simeon Disley, NFU Holland branch chairman Stafford Proctor and vice-chairman Gavin Lane.

Simon said: “The Fens Strategic Area is an incredibly important area economically. A recent study on the economic value of food production in the Fens said that for every £1 of economic value generated at the farm gate, a further £3 is added by processing, adding value and transport.

“So, if we looked at the true value of local agriculture and its upward supply chain, it is £3billion plus and supports in excess of 60,000 jobs in the Fens.

“We need to protect land and businesses surrounding the Wash and find the funding to raise the sea defences that so many people depend on.”