Flood recovery and future flood prevention.
Solutions that meet the need, not just measures that fit an available budget.
We don't want to see a repeat of all the financial loss, heartache and grief that comes with a flooding event.
I am trying to raise the profile of the subject to get solutions that fit the needs not just the available budget.
The good works put in place since the latest tragedy are all of help and I know the community is grateful but they do not provide flood prevention on the scale needed.
This is not a one off event, one property has been flooded four times in the last three years. Six months later, some people are still not back in their homes.
Effective flood prevention is possible, it just needs the will and commitment of those with the power and money to make it happen.
David Cameron and Prince Charles visited St Blazey and other affected areas after the flooding in November and promised to help, let's make it happen!
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Thank you Roy
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Personally, I think that one of the biggest issues here is that Countryside land owners have drained arrable land, pasture and mooreland for decades in a largely adhoc / unregulated manner. This justs speeds up the flow of water from drainage catchments and down-stream causing flooding at the nearest pinch point. Whats needed as well as flood deffences, is reinstatement of natural landscape features that retain water and slow its flow to canalised rivers (bogs, woodlands, meandering rivers etc)
There are some land drainage issues and I do favour more natural type solutions. St Blazey has 600 to 800 houses mostly pre WW2 and some from the 18th and 19th centuries sitting in the flood plain, surounded on three sides with higher ground and with the sea on the fourth side. Three valleys run into the town. One river is canalised and runs well above the town when in spate, another just overflows.
Most lowland rivers in the UK have been canalised over the last 60 years to drain land, without any thought of the down stream consequences. This is a big issue that remains relatively low profile across the UK. Its much better to take 'natural system' aproach and tackle these problems at source.
What this campaign and others need to realise is that many only apply to England since devolution. England is now the only country in Europe without its own elected assembly. The only reason British MPs oppose an English Parliament is because it would put them all out of a job just as the devolved chambers have made them pointless in Scotland and Wales. Challenging their cosy positions is the only way to make them do what you want and an English Parliament is the ONLY thing that challenges their cosy positions. Support an English Parliament as a political tool for your own purposes.
Yeah, but politicians don't respond to campaigns. Also, the UK parliament doesn't give a stuff about England. When the floods happened in Yorkshire, Carlisle and Boscastle no MP could be bothered to even apply for EU Solidairty Fund maney. It was only afeter English nationalisyts campaigned for EU money that the British Government applied for it for Hull and Worcestershire flood money. Even then it disappeared into the national treasury never to reappear, unless it was in Scotland via the Barnett Formula. The British Government doesn't care about England.
The creation of wetlands is a very effective way to ease flooding whilst also easing drought.
Create more wetlands, let natural flood-prone areas flood, decrease drainage and stop paying landowners to drain land.
But then again, this is what the EA are doing.....I think
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