MP unhappy at 'snub' from new Environment Minister
MP says she is disappointed that new Environment Secretary Liz
Truss visited Somerset earlier this week but failed to take the
opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners
from the Axe and Brue catchment areas.
Munt says she wrote to the new Secretary of State and personally
invited her to meet farmers and smallholders in Somerset on the
day she was given her new job.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I've spent countless hours in discussion
with the last two Ministers about how we can best avoid a repeat
of the devastation caused by winter flooding."
was agreed that we needed a 'whole catchment approach' if the
government is to be successful in protecting people, property
and productive land from long-term flood damage."
new Minister's predecessors made some sound decisions after they
visited Somerset. We're all waiting with baited breath to see
if they will deliver the goods."
spent a good part of the weekend speaking with farmers and were
not convinced that Defra is sticking to its original approach,
which is worrying. Expectations are high - the Prime Minister
himself committed to doing whatever was necessary and he said
'money is no object' at the time."
issue should not be made a political one. We all want the same
thing - to avoid a repeat of the damage when water lies on the
land for weeks and weeks."
said: "I know local people will be disappointed that she
was unwilling to meet with them. I have the means to contact 1,100
affected smallholders, tenants and farmers with land abutting
the Axe and Brue Rivers at short notice, and although they have
missed out this time, I will write to Liz Truss again, asking
that she meet those affected in my area so she understands these
problems are not limited to the Parrett and the Tone."
Top, Burnham's MP Tessa Munt, and, above, minister Liz Truss