THE government’s ministerial representative for flood recovery in Gloucestershire is visiting the county on Friday.

Gloucestershire County Council will show Baroness Kramer how local communities in the county have been affected by flooding in the wake of severe weather in 2007 and more recently last winter.

The Baroness, along with senior staff from the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government, will meet the leader of the council, Councillor Mark Hawthorne, ad chief executive, Pete Bungard and representatives of Tewkesbury Borough Council and the Environment Agency.

Among the places they are visiting is Tirley, near Tewkesbury which is set to undergo a project to reduce the risk of flooding within the next two years as part of a £758,000 county council investment announced last week.

Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: “We’re pleased to welcome the Baroness to Gloucestershire and show her what’s been achieved in the last seven years.

"It’s also an important opportunity for us to make our case for extra funding, not just pot holes and surface damage to roads, but also the major landslips caused by one of the wettest winters on record.”

Since 2007, the county council has spent £48 million on flood defences.

Several hundred homes have benefitted from work carried out in partnership with the Environment Agency and local councils.