MP 'reassured' after flood protection checks in area
and Highbridge's MP James Heappey has said this week he is "reassured"
by the Environment Agency's work to reduce the risk of flooding
within the area.
Heappey has visited coastal flood defences at Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow
and Brean as well as key sites along the River Axe and River Brue
to see for himself the work to maintain them by the Environment
experts talked Mr Heappey through the work that the Agency has carried
out on the Brue and the supporting network or drains and pumping
heard that the Brue had last flooded in the summer of 2012 and has
a large catchment area extending from Bruton through Glastonbury
and Street and across to Highbridge where it joins the River Parrett.
Environment Agency showed Mr Heappey the challenges of managing
the Brue from its ancient banks constructed centuries ago by the
monks of Glastonbury through to the competing demands of environmental
legislation which "too often protect fish and wildlife ahead
of the neighbouring farm land". They also discussed the new
funding arrangements since the establishment of the Somerset Rivers
after the visit, Mr Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Its
so easy to forget about the flood risk when the sun is shining but
I wanted to make sure that all parts of the Wells Constituency continue
to be as well protected as possible before any bad weather arrives
visits with the Environment Agency have been enormously helpful
so that I can see the programme of work they are undertaking on
the rivers, drains and sea walls across my constituency."
has been reassuring to see that they have been funded to do much
of the work that needed to be done but clearly the work never stops
and it is important that they continue to be properly funded to
deliver the protection communities and businesses in our part of
will continue to support Government ministers, the Somerset Rivers
Authority, the Drainage Boards and the local campaign groups to
make sure that all parts of the Somerset rivers system and our coastal
defences are properly maintained and that the flood risk is kept
to an absolute minimum."