Minister reaffirms support for Wiltshire floods defences

This Is Wiltshire: Floods minister Owen Paterson with Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott and Coun Jonathon Seed Floods minister Owen Paterson with Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott and Coun Jonathon Seed

Floods minister Owen Paterson reaffirmed the Government’s support for improving Wiltshire's flood alleviation during a visit to Trowbridge.

During his visit yesterday the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who is the Government Flood Envoy for Wiltshire, spoke to Wiltshire Council officers and partners including the Environment Agency, water authorities and the Highways Agency.

He was told first-hand about the flood alleviation work that has been carried out since the bad weather hit the county earlier in the year. 

It was his third visit to Wiltshire in recent months.

Mr Paterson made assurances that the Government will fully support the council and its partners to make improvements to the county’s flood alleviation, including making extra funding available.

During the most significant wet weather to hit Wiltshire in recent times, the council recorded around 500 properties and 60 businesses which were flooded.

Coun Jonathon Seed, cabinet member with responsibility for flood alleviation said: “We are working closely with agencies and communities to do everything we can to minimise the impact of flooding on local residents and businesses in the future.

“Wiltshire was one of the hardest hit areas through that period of terrible weather and we were pleased to speak to the minister again about the excellent work we have done since then, and will continue to do.

"It was particularly pleasing to hear that the minister will do all that he can to support our efforts. That support will make a huge difference.”

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10:52pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Flooded says...

If wiltshire is doing all it can about flooding why have they not produced a local flood risk management plan supposedly required under law?

If the environment agency is trying to protect us why are they supporting development in the flood plain in Warminster, a town that they recommended needed a strategic flood risk assesment level 2, in 2009, because there were no plans to show the effect of water in the area or if the infrastructure is capable of dealing with it, yet no assessments have been done but the EA supports development blocking the floodplain and causing flooding on the main road. What sort of support is this?
If wiltshire is doing all it can about flooding why have they not produced a local flood risk management plan supposedly required under law? If the environment agency is trying to protect us why are they supporting development in the flood plain in Warminster, a town that they recommended needed a strategic flood risk assesment level 2, in 2009, because there were no plans to show the effect of water in the area or if the infrastructure is capable of dealing with it, yet no assessments have been done but the EA supports development blocking the floodplain and causing flooding on the main road. What sort of support is this? Flooded
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12:38am Sat 28 Jun 14

Flooded says...

Could Coun Jonathon Seed, cabinet member with responsibility for flood alleviation explain why wiltshire has no local flood risk management plan?
Despite recommendation by the EA in 2009 to do a strategic flood risk assessment level 2 for Warminster due to the flooding issues and the lack of any management of flooding or flooding infrastructure in Warminster, none has been done?
And why this councillor would then vote to place a development in the floodplain without and adequate assessment of the entire catchment?is this what people call flood alleviation now?
Could Coun Jonathon Seed, cabinet member with responsibility for flood alleviation explain why wiltshire has no local flood risk management plan? Despite recommendation by the EA in 2009 to do a strategic flood risk assessment level 2 for Warminster due to the flooding issues and the lack of any management of flooding or flooding infrastructure in Warminster, none has been done? And why this councillor would then vote to place a development in the floodplain without and adequate assessment of the entire catchment?is this what people call flood alleviation now? Flooded
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