Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Officials "Sacrificing" Rural Areas To Floods

floods
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

10:55am 17th June 2014
(Updated 10:55am 17th June 2014)

It is claimed places like Cornwall are being "sacrificed" to save towns and cities from floods.

A report by a powerful group of MPs says rural areas are being short changed.

Funding for clearing rivers, routine dredging and maintaining existing flood defences is at a "bare minimum", MPs have warned.

A report on the winter floods, which saw 7,000 homes hit after repeated storms and the wettest winter on record, has called for maintaining flood defences over cost-cutting.

The Parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) committee said the funding for maintenance work needed to keep up with an increased risk caused by more frequent extreme weather events.

MPs urged the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to draw up fully-funded plans to address a backlog of maintenance work and maintain flood defences.

Cornwall was left with a £21m repair bill when the winter storms raged through.

Committee chairwoman Anne McIntosh said: "We have repeatedly called on the Government to increase revenue funding so that necessary dredging and watercourse maintenance can be carried out to minimise flood risk, yet funding for maintenance remains at a bare minimum.

"Ministers must take action now to avoid a repeat of the devastation caused by the winter floods.

"The Government needs to recognise the importance of regular maintenance work and put it on an equal footing with building new defences."

The Environment Agency was criticised for failing to carry out dredging on rivers when the Somerset Levels flooded during the winter.

Dredging operations began on the River Parrett in Somerset in March with extra funding from the Government.

The report added: "The avoidance of flood events that devastate communities should, as far as is possible, take priority over cost-cutting."

It welcomed £270m of additional funding for tackling flooding, but said £130m of that had been reallocated from elsewhere in the Defra budget.

Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle said: "In February David Cameron said 'money was no object' when it came to flood defence funding, yet today the select committee says that the funding the Government describe as additional is actually only reallocated."

An Environment Agency spokesman added: "We review our maintenance programme to make sure we spend taxpayers' money where it is most effective and are working with Defra on several pilot projects aimed at making it easier for farmers and landowners to undertake watercourse maintenance."

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson is also Environment Minister.

He tells Pirate FM money is being spent across the country, he said: "It's absolutely right for the committee to say we need to keep the existing defences up to where they need to be, that is why we got an extra £270m to get those defences back to where they should be after the battering they had this winter.

"Huge areas of the country are vulnerable to different sorts of flooding, coastal flooding, river flooding, and that is why we are investing £3.3bn in defences in this parliament, more than has been invested before, but of course there are lessons we have to learn and we very much welcome what the report has to say."

 

10:55am 17th June 2014

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
flood st issey 1

PHOTOS: Storm Angus Floods Cornish Home

Owner says he would've been 'learning to swim' if it wasn't for firefighters

floods

WATCH: Storm Angus Aftermath Sparks Second Day Of Flood Alerts

Environment Agency alerts from Land's End to Padstow

Most read
joseph sciascia

WATCH: Race Against Time For Cornish Dad Dying Of Cancer

Joe Sciascia's family launch appeal to help him get married

coastguard helicopter

BREAKING: Woman Pulled From The Sea At Polzeath

She was airlifted to Treliske on Sunday but doctors could not save her

Top articles

WATCH: Race Against Time For Cornish Dad Dying Of Cancer

Cornwall News: Joe Sciascia's family launch appeal to help him get married

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Virgin Galactic test flight success above California's Mojave Desert

National News: A Virgin Galactic spaceship has come safely through a free-flying test above the Mojave Desert in southern California.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Phil Collins sued by ex-wife over claims made in autobiography

Showbiz News: Phil Collins' ex-wife is taking legal action against the singer over "wholly false statements" made in his recent autobiography.

Fidel Castro's ashes laid to rest near his 'hero's' grave

World News: The ashes of former Cuba leader Fidel Castro have been laid to rest next to one of the people he most admired.

Chelsea extend lead at top of table after win at Manchester City

Sports News: Chelsea laid down a huge marker for the Premier League title by coming from behind to beat Manchester City 3-1 in a game that boiled over at the Etihad Stadium.

Giant foam 'blob' leaks from airport hangar and spreads in Santa Clara

Strange News: A giant 'blob' of foam has taken over the streets of a Californian town after leaking from an airport hangar.

Newer article

Marine Leaps To Rescue Of Woman In Tamar

Cornwall News: Rescue operation launched to pull pair to safety from river

Older article

Fake Surrogate Mum Conned Cornish Couple

Cornwall News: Louise Pollard convinced them to hand over £10,000 to have their baby - and then disappeared

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Escape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.