THE flooding in Tenbury that devastated the town earlier this year is scheduled to be debated in parliament next week.

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin, whose constituency includes Tenbury, has been granted an adjournment debate that is due to take place on Thursday.

It will provide an opportunity to raise the issue of flooding in the town and put pressure for funding to be found for a flood defence scheme.

Mrs Baldwin has taken the case to the environment secretary George Eustace.

Tenbury has been hit by major flooding four times in the past decade but according to Government rules it does not meet the specification for a flood defence scheme.

Ten years ago, the Environment Agency put a £5 million price tag on an effective scheme for the town.

Experts say that a flood wall all around Tenbury would be needed as other solutions such as increase water storage on agricultural land upstream of the town and deepening the River Teme by dredging will not work. Partial flood walls would only move floods from one part of the town to another.

Businesses affected by the February floods are in many cases still shut.