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Support for EA's flood response

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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CORNWALL councillors on a group that decides where flood defence money is spent have publicly backed the Environment Agency (EA).

The South West regional flood and coastal committee (SWRFCC) has issued an open letter to the people of Cornwall and Devon backing the beleaguered agency.

It came under fire from Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, who questioned its expert status. But it was later revealed the Government had imposed funding cuts at the EA.

Now the SWRFCC has announced it wants to "state publicly our continuing support and admiration for the work of the Environment Agency".

The letter said: "We know that flooding always causes misery, and we sympathise with everybody whose home or property has been flooded.

"We also know the work of the Environment Agency, working with the region's local authorities and other organisations, has protected many more homes and properties from flood damage by the defences put in place over the past decades."

The SWRFCC is the committee through which the Environment Agency performs its flood and coastal erosion function in the South West. It includes representation from all local authorities in Devon and Cornwall.

The committee said: "We make decisions on where to invest in new flood defences on firm evidence and tested science, and do so within Treasury rules.

"EA staff worked around the clock to provide timely warnings, repair defences and clear debris."

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  • DipStick  |  February 20 2014, 2:35PM

    The EA is not under the control of the government, most of the directives they have to "follow" are from the EU (which are themselves passed down from such asd the UN!) and basically put freshwater mollusks and birdlife ABOVE that of us, the tax payer. Wonder if they'll admit to the hypocracy involved now that they're responsible for flooding thousands of acres of land and thus drowning god-knows how many ground dwelling animals and birdlife. Or did all those rabbits manage to get enough sand-bags to keep the water out of their burrows??? As for help from the government, the EA were very well funded as it is. They "said" it would have cost £4M to dredge the rivers, money they didn't have. But, putting aside that others have come up with a much lower figure than this, they managed to spend £31M on a bird santuary and £2.7M on PR (that's Public Relation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). These guys are NOT operating on behalf of those that pay their wages, but those unelected and unaccountable beaureacrats in Brussels and other places. (Mind you you could say that about ANY politician and you'd be correct). DS

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  • josdave  |  February 20 2014, 11:05AM

    The EA have done what they could but unfortunately they have not had the backing required from the government until it was too late to do anything.

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