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Flood chief reiterates call for Environment Agency to dredge Gloucestershire's major rivers

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

Councillor Vernon Smith, Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet member for flood

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Shire Hall’s flood boss has again called on the Environment Agency to commit to dredge Gloucestershire’s rivers.

Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, was asked if Gloucestershire County Council will dredge the smaller rivers it is responsible for by the leader of the county’s Labour Group Lesley Williams.

Mr Smith said the county council already removes silt and mud from its watercourses.

“What we want is for the Environment Agency to take the same approach with main rivers,” he said.

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“It’s worth noting that many of the ‘main rivers’ in Gloucestershire for which the EA is responsible are actually quite small indeed.”

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 25 2014, 11:10PM

    This is very well written and will give you a good incite into the workings of Eric Pickles! http://tinyurl.com/oldzewz

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  • jas37  |  March 25 2014, 10:19PM

    Expert opinion suggests that dredging of Rivers is totally ineffective but yet again it appears that Politicians are taking the Populist route of telling the public what they want to here instead of talking facts. The Government have promised to waste £ millions dredging the Somerset Levels even though they know it will not help the situation (apart from in the Ballot box) .

  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 25 2014, 8:39PM

    The consensus of people who study river systems and flooding is that dredging will do very little to help and in some cases can make the situation worse!

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