Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Written Evidence

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 affected.

  With reference to current flood prevention policy, it strikes me that there are two outstanding issues in Ribble Valley:

  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

Ribble Valley

August 2007

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