Government must rethink flood strategy say MPs

September 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

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A committee of MPs has said the government’s Floods and Water Management Bill should be revised.

The environment committee’s report on the draft legislation said the bill in its current form will leave local communities with little influence over decisions about flood and water management issues.

“The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs must resist the temptation to try and rush through the House a stripped down piece of legislation simply to be seen to be doing something rather nothing, the committee said.

Committee chairman Michael Jack said:

“The draft bill’s reliance on a top-down approach will hamper the development of locally tailored solutions. We urge the Government to allow a more collaborative and consultative approach.

“Individuals and communities affected by flooding and coastal erosion will fight to save their homes and livelihoods.

“It’s crucial that their concerns and interests be properly taken into account when devising a response to a flooding incident.

“Of course, local flood defence strategies must be consistent with a national strategy.

“However the committee firmly believes that the best safeguard for local priorities is to ensure that future strategies are set by elected bodies.

“Finally, if the government wants a truly 21st century water bill then it must incorporate into it a response to both the Walker Review on water pricing and the Cave Report on competition in the water supply industry”.

Click here to read the report.

photo: dachalan@flickr.com

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