Flooding (England)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 9th July 2007.

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Photo of Paul Holmes Paul Holmes Chair of the Parliamentary Party, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities, Shadow Minister (Housing), Department for Communities and Local Government 3:31 pm, 9th July 2007

I thank the Minister for her statement, and I thank her colleague the Minister for Local Government for visiting my constituency last Friday afternoon to see the damage. Three rivers flooded in Chesterfield—the Rother, the Hipper and the Whitting. Between them, they closed three of the six main roads into town, and affected 60 businesses and up to 1,000 houses. That they flooded is no surprise, because they have a track record going back well over a century. Prevention, of course, is better than cure and cleaning up afterwards. The defensive works on the River Rother are planned to start in 2011 and the feasibility study for the River Hipper is drawn up but with no date attached to it. Will the Minister assure me that she will be lobbying her colleagues in Government to make sure that money for these planned preventive works are brought forward, otherwise we will be back in a few years, going through the same story?

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Darren Lawson
Posted on 10 Jul 2007 1:33 pm (Report this annotation)

Paul Holmes make a salient point about the damage across Chesterfield.

How sad then that his Lib Dem colleagues on Chesterfield Borough Council are the only Council in the area that hasnt agreed to take away FREE OF CHARGE all the ruined bulky waste that flooded householders own.

Only Chesterfield BC have tried to charge up to £10 an item for removal of goods, and only Chesterfield still have rotting stinking furniture littering the streets because the residents can't afford to move it.