Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Written Evidence

Further supplementary memorandum submitted by Sir Peter Tapsell MP (FL MP 14b)

  Clearly, what is needed is greatly increased capital investment to reduce the danger of inland flooding, particularly near rivers, and a centralisation of responsibility which is at present spread among too many organisations which, in the cases of both Louth and Horncastle in my constituency, seem to have had rather poor liaison between one another. Also, when I recently visited the fire station in Louth, the Chief Fire Officer for Lincolnshire told me that the fire brigade has no duty to act where flooding is concerned and that they would have gone to help in Louth earlier but had to wait to be asked to do so despite the fact they had equipment for sucking water out of the river to reduce its level.

Sir Peter Tapsell MP

October 2007

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