Prime Minister Visits Portland to Check Out Storm Damage
1:09pm 10th February 2014
(Updated 5:53pm 10th February 2014)
"If Portland needs money for flood defences it will get it", the words of the Prime Minster.
David Cameron visited Chesil Beach this lunchtime (Monday 10th February) to see how last week’s storms and high tides affected the south Dorset community.
He met the Army and Environment Agency workers who were working to push tonnes of pebbles back up to the Chesil sea defence before the next wave of high tide rolled in.
The PM spent time observing the scene and was led around by South Dorset MP Richard Drax on his tour of the beach.
He then went over to Cove Inn Pub that was badly hit in the storms. There he met local residents who'd been affected and even had time for a cup of tea and the chance to hold a woman’s young baby, much to the delight of onlookers.
Speaking to Wessex FM's Luke de Costa David Cameron said Portland could see more investment in flood defence in the future;
"If it's necessary to spend money in Portland, Dorset, money will be spent. What we need to do is look at the schemes that are put forward and how worthwhile they can be, but there is extra money now available and the government has a massive investment programme in flood defences. And it's good to see a coastal defence system that's working and working well, but it needs to be replenished before the next high tide."
More bad weather is forecast this week.