I have regular review meetings on our resilience against flood waters, as we live in a low lying area with plenty now built on flood plain. I meet the Environment Agency and keep i n touch with the two local Councils who have the lead responsibility.
Last week I attended a meeting with the Secretary of State for the Environment on this topic. I pressed for two improvements. The first is I would like the Agency to do more to improve the capacity of the Loddon and Emm to carry water away, and to undertake more regular maintenance of their water courses. The second is I want them to insist on better water handling when they are consulted on major new housing development schemes. We cannot keep adding concrete and tarmac to the area without putting in mechanisms to handle the faster run off of water this causes, and to replace the lost water meadows which used to handle the excess.
I wil follow up as the Minister promised to pursue it for me.