A NEW flood prevention scheme could be installed in Mawgan Porth following the beach front being submerged by floodwater recently.

Newquay and St Austell MP Steve Double has secured a meeting with Floods Minister Robbie Moore to discuss a flood prevention scheme for Mawgan Porth.

He called for the meeting during DEFRA questions in Parliament on Thursday (May 9), where he highlighted recent flood prevention successes in the St Austell and Newquay constituency including the STARR Project for Par and St Blazey and Pentewan flood defence scheme.

The Minister, who had previously visited the STARR scheme, said that he would be happy to meet with Steve in order to discuss how to take a scheme for Mawgan Porth forward.

Mr Double said: “I was shocked to see the flooding in Mawgan Porth in March and sadly this is not an uncommon occurrence.

“I have been working with Cornwall Council for some time to explore options to reduce the risk of flooding at Mawgan Porth, but progress has been painfully slow for a number of reasons.”

“In Parliament I was pleased to highlight recent positive flood protection success stories in our constituency but also make the case to the Minister that more needs to be done at Mawgan Porth.

“I am pleased that he has agreed to meet with me and I look forward to working with him and all involved to get a positive outcome for Mawgan Porth.”

The River Menalhyl flooded in Mawgan Porth on March 25 following heavy rainfall, which resulted in parts of the village being submerged by up to four feet of floodwater.

A number of businesses were affected including Cornish Fresh, Betty’s Surf Shop, King Surf, Catch Seafood, Bar and Grill and the car park.

Mawgan Porth Village Hall also suffered damage as the floodwater caused the flooring to pop off its joists.

Cars became submerged in the rising floodwater and some residents had difficulty getting into their properties.

The floodwater had receded by the morning and most businesses were able to reopen but Cornish Fresh was closed due to the damage caused.

The Mawgan Porth community has been pulling together to help clear up damage caused.