River Irwell, Bury (Flood Prevention)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Minister of Agriculture what flood prevention work has been completed on the River Irwell above Bury during the past three years; what schemes are at present in hand; and what further schemes are contemplated.

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

Works of dredging and channel improvement have been completed by the Mersey River Board at Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Strongstry, Edenfield, Rawtenstall and Stacksteads. Remedial works are now being done at Townsendfold where serious river bank erosion and shoaling was taking place; this includes a deflection wall designed as a result of model experiments.

In addition to general regrading works, the possibility of afforesting parts of the Upper Irwell Valley is being considered in the hope that this might reduce the variation in river discharges which is at present accentuated by the bare and steep nature of the catchment area.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

Does the Minister anticipate that when this work is completed it will prevent any serious flooding?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

I do not think that I of work in these matters. Has he any can go as far as that.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

Will the Minister say how much he thinks the cut in investment for drainage purposes which he recently announced has restricted and delayed this important work?

Photo of Mr Thomas Dugdale Mr Thomas Dugdale , Richmond (Yorks)

That is an entirely different question. I have answered the Question on this particular problem.