Secretary of State urged to visit Calderdale over flood concerns

floodsCalderdale Labour leader Tim Swift is urging the new Secretary of State for Defra, Andrea Leadsom MP, to visit Calderdale as soon as possible.

Tim said:

“With all the changes in Government personnel, we now have a situation where none of the Ministers who visited Calderdale after the December floods are still in the same job.

“Obviously the promises they made at the time were made on behalf of the Government, and we have every reason to expect that they will be honoured – but we need to make sure. And it’s much more effective if Ministers come and see the area for themselves, so they understand the damage that was caused, the work that is already being done to recover, and the risks that remain unless we get the investment we need.

“In particular, we want to secure the £35 million that has been promised for additional flood defences and catchment plans. We believe this money should be transferred to the local authority, as the lead flood defence authority, so that we can ensure it is not vulnerable to changing priorities by Government or the Environment Agency.

“I have asked our local MPs, Craig Whittaker and Holly Lynch, to support our efforts to secure an urgent visit.”

The letter sent by Cllr Swift reminds the Minister of the extent of the damage, outlines the work that has been done to date, and highlights the resources promised and needed. You can view it below.

 

Letter to Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom urging a visit to Calderdale by Tim Swift on Scribd

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