East Lancashire MP calls for improved flood prevention

East Lancashire MP calls for improved flood prevention

East Lancashire MP calls for improved flood prevention

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ROSSENDALE MP Jake Berry has called for better flood prevention measures around rivers in his constituency.

He asked local government secretary Eric Pickles in the House of Commons: “Will you ensure that local Environment Agency workers have the ability to team up with farmers, particularly to work on catchment area solutions, such as tree planting?

“Will you also ensure that the agency takes some of the reported £2.4million that it has spent on public relations services and puts it into the Rossendale Valley to prevent flooding on the River Irwell, the River Darwen and the River Ogden?”

Mr Pickles replied: “We are looking for an integrated approach from local drainage boards, local authorities and the Environment Agency to deal with these problems.”

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4:09pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mavrick says...

Jump on the bandwagon Jake.
Jump on the bandwagon Jake. mavrick
  • Score: 1

4:18pm Tue 18 Feb 14

BG says...

Well mavrick all Janet would have done is to see how much more she could have claimed on here expenses
Well mavrick all Janet would have done is to see how much more she could have claimed on here expenses BG
  • Score: 3

7:31pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Doug Spencer says...

The question Jake should have asked.... "When are we going to start spending money protecting our own people instead of sending £12 billion overseas. Would the Prime Minister agree, our own people NEED the money spent here on flood defences?"
The question Jake should have asked.... "When are we going to start spending money protecting our own people instead of sending £12 billion overseas. Would the Prime Minister agree, our own people NEED the money spent here on flood defences?" Doug Spencer
  • Score: -1

9:44pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Noiticer says...

Hasn't his government reduced the amount of money spent on flood defences when inflation is factored in and was happy to see frontline staff made redundant at the Environment Agency until the floodwaters began to creep into London's backdoor. Methinks a General Election is on the horizon and Jake is getting worried.
Hasn't his government reduced the amount of money spent on flood defences when inflation is factored in and was happy to see frontline staff made redundant at the Environment Agency until the floodwaters began to creep into London's backdoor. Methinks a General Election is on the horizon and Jake is getting worried. Noiticer
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

The online vote on The LT site: Should foreign aid be curbed to help flood victims in the UK?

When I voted, 86% had voted YES. If any of the 14% that have voted NO are reading this, can you please explain why?
The online vote on The LT site: Should foreign aid be curbed to help flood victims in the UK? When I voted, 86% had voted YES. If any of the 14% that have voted NO are reading this, can you please explain why? Stone Island:
  • Score: -1

12:27am Wed 19 Feb 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Yep, loads of flooding up here!
Yep, loads of flooding up here! DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -2

9:25am Wed 19 Feb 14

Noiticer says...

Stone Island - In response the first question you should ask is what kind of person takes part in the Telegraph's on-line vote.
Stone Island - In response the first question you should ask is what kind of person takes part in the Telegraph's on-line vote. Noiticer
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Sat 22 Feb 14

IanIEA says...

Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees."
Inside the Environment Agency Blog: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk - An ex-EA manager put the internal green conflicts succinctly in his comment the other day, so it's lack of proper direction and priorities: John: "You can consider me one of those senior EA manager - worked in various functions for 9 years, the last 3 as a AEM before leaving in 2011. Most functions outside of FCRM are over funded and inefficient (sustainable places, biodiversity, groundwater, fisheries, even EM itself). At least a fifth of the budget could be re-allocated to higher priority projects by reducing these functions without any detrimental impact to their ability to meet legislative requirements. Unfortunately, the Pitt Review from the 2007 floods was rushed, so didn't go far enough, otherwise, the EA would not again be in the position it is in. That being said, there are some very fine, hard-working and dedicated employees." IanIEA
  • Score: 0

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