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Reader's letter: Gloucestershire has been short changed over flooding misery

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

Reader's letter: Gloucestershire has been short changed over flooding misery
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HAVE readers noticed the same old rubbish councillors and the environment agencies are coming out with once more now we are flooded again for the second year running?

This is gross incompetence by these same people who along with the planners have allowed the building of houses and commercial buildings on the flood plains in our area.

Boss of the Environment Agency, Labour’s Lord Smith, is on £100,000 for a three-day week and many others are on good salaries, yet chaos reigns.

Although we have had a lot of rain any theories about climate change must not distract us from the true causes as ecomaniacs from the Met Office agree this has nothing to do with global warming.

I lived on the cross roads at Tirley for many years and was never flooded.

Now its a regular occurrence at least a couple of times every winter and both churches in Tirley and Ashleworth also flood.

These floods cause long journeys for people who have to go miles around to get to work.

This will get worse as our population keeps exploding and the flood plains are allowed to be built on to house these people.

It’s time for the Government to give responsibility and funding for dredging and cleaning our brooks and so on back to a local drainage board and farmers like we had many years ago, where local experts can also be consulted.

An example of this is the Norfolk Broads Authority, who fought a successful battle to prevent responsibility for their drainage to be taken over by the Environment Agency 20 years ago and have had no problems.

Tory John Redwood made a forensic analysis of the environment agency and found that the £723million government grant the quango received £395.3m went on its staff (12,252 people) Only £23.3m was spent on improving culverts and channels – 1.7 per cent of a total budget.

This is just another letdown for taxpayers by people who are paid to look after our interests but are not up to it and are only interested in their own advancement.

Pete Cole

Ashleworth

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  • Lecorche  |  February 11 2014, 3:02PM

    Maybe we need to scrap goverment from Westminster and create regional governments. Local people running local environments may be a fairer way to spend our taxes.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 11 2014, 11:30AM

    I would like to disagree with some of the points raised here. Q Where is the silt in the rivers from? A It's from the farm land! Q What happens to ground level when the soil is eroded? A It sinks! Q What happens to lower land when it rains? A It floods! Q what happens to silt in fast moving water? A The silt is carried down stream. Q How labor intensive is clearing our streams and other water courses blocked bu shopping trolleys, cars and fly tipping? A Very! Q Who stopped final implementation of the "Flood and Water Management Act 2010"? A Mr Eric Pickles the current Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government both of which he has failed! Q How many councils have prosecuted for building a non permeable driveway without planning permission? A I've never heard of any enforcement action!

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  • SandraPee  |  February 11 2014, 8:20AM

    Well said ! Building new houses at Longford . Twigworth, Innsworth and Down Hatherley will only make existing flooded areas even worse . Longford/Twigworth is already flooded yet they're preparing to start building and concreting over fields there ?!! We need to go back to dredging the river, and keeping brooks, ditches and drains cleared . We should not be pandering to big building firms who were buying up land in the 60's 70's onwards with the view to making mega money . Planners and governments need to learn to say ''NO MORE HOUSES BUILT ON OR NEAR THE FLOODPLAIN''

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  • SandraPee  |  February 11 2014, 8:20AM

    Well said ! Building new houses at Longford . Twigworth, Innsworth and Down Hatherley will only make existing flooded areas even worse . Longford/Twigworth is already flooded yet they're preparing to start building and concreting over fields there ?!! We need to go back to dredging the river, and keeping brooks, ditches and drains cleared . We should not be pandering to big building firms who were buying up land in the 60's 70's onwards with the view to making mega money . Planners and governments need to learn to say ''NO MORE HOUSES BUILT ON OR NEAR THE FLOODPLAIN''

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