Memorandum submitted by Nigel Evans MP
(FL MP 03)
The Rt Hon Michael Jack MP invited me to write
to you since my constituency was affected by the recent floods.
In Ribble Valley, the villages of West Bradford,
Waddington, Ribchester and Bolton-by-Bowland were particularly
With reference to current flood prevention policy,
it strikes me that there are two outstanding issues in Ribble
First, many local villages have rivers and brooks
running through them which lack sufficient capacity in instances
of flash flooding or near- flash flooding.
In some cases this is because the waterways
have not been maintained and have become overgrown.
Second, the relationship between Lancashire
County Council and the Environment Agency is not as efficient
as it could be. Incidences of buck-passing at the expense of preventative
and remedial action are all too common.
Nigel Evans MP