Flooding: River Medway

Part of Petition - Waste Transfer Station in Scunthorpe – in the House of Commons at 7:14 pm on 22nd November 2016.

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Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant Conservative, Maidstone and The Weald 7:14 pm, 22nd November 2016

I congratulate my hon. Friend and neighbour on bringing this important debate before the House. As he knows, my constituency was devastated by floodwater in the Christmas floods of 2013, and even now some of those areas are not fully recovered. Does my hon. Friend agree that in addition to everything that the Government are doing in respect of flood defences, they should also earmark funding for the more natural flood defence schemes, such as the four-acre wetlands site in Marden in my constituency, which can hold up to 15 million litres of floodwater? I am sure my hon. Friend is aware that many of these schemes are low cost, low tech and low maintenance, but very effective.