Conservative welcomes bid to find long-term flood solution
Conservative parliamentary candidate has this week welcomed the
government's bid to seek a long-term solution to flooding in Somerset.
Heappey joined Environment Secretary Owen Paterson (pictured)
on a visit to Moorland Pumping Station on Monday when the comments
followed a series of meetings with Sedgemoor District Council
and Somerset County Council, along with other local stakeholders,
to discuss the impact of flooding on the Somerset Levels and agree
a plan for reducing future flooding.
six weeks, the local authorities, drainage boards and Environment
Agency are to develop and agree an action plan to deal with flooding
on the Levels to which Mr Paterson will then provide central government
may not have been the immediate relief that some local people
were hoping for, but the Secretary of State and the local councils
are absolutely right to seek a solution that will last for 20
years or more," said Mr Heappey.
the rivers once will give us some respite but I would far rather
see a long term plan in place and funded so that the management
of water on the levels is sorted for a generation. I think todays
meetings have concluded exactly that."
the flooding of 2012 the Highbridge-based drainage board
done some work on the drains and rhynes which local people say
has increased the drainage capacity in the area surrounding Burnham,
Wedmore, Glastonbury and Cheddar."
However, Mr Heappey was keen to stress to the Environment Secretary
that sorting out the rhynes and drains achieves very little until
the rivers have been adequately dredged.
the plan for reducing flooding is developed over the next six
weeks, Ill be campaigning vigorously for the Rivers Axe
and Brue to be central to their deliberations so that the benefits
are felt across Somerset," added Mr Heappey.
current flooding around the Tone and Parrett is awful and people
need help now but this is an opportunity for a strategic plan
to be put in place and we must grasp it with both hands. It is
what many people locally have been campaigning towards for a long