Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Written Evidence

Letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from John Maples MP

  I have recently met with representatives from both Warwickshire County Council and Stratford on Avon District Council to discuss the recent flooding which damaged over 2,000 properties, each with an estimated cost of between £10-£40k.

  Both Warwickshire County Council and Stratford on Avon District Council have agreed that the Environment Agency needs to take a lead role in the co-ordination of flood prevention. At the moment there seems to a lack of clear responsibility for any flood defence work, and I, like many fear that this could result in another flood, especially in light of climate change. To really be able to examine the current situation, and to be able to plan for the future it is necessary for a study to be conducted looking at: what areas are at most risk; what can be done to prevent future damage; the cost of such schemes; and the cost effectiveness of such projects. At the moment neither Warwickshire County Council nor Stratford on Avon District Council is able to fund such a vital study and therefore it would require a government grant. Warwickshire County Council would be willing to help co-ordinate the other authorities, however they feel that the Environment Agency would be the best authority to be the overall lead on such a project.

  I would also be grateful if you would agree to meet with a delegation of Warwickshire MPs to discuss the effects that the recent floods have had on the area, as well as to discuss proposals for the future.

  I look forward to hearing from you.

John Maples MP

October 2007

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