Prime Minister arrives in Somerset to see dredging operations

Somerset County Gazette: Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger and Sedgemoor councillors Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger and Sedgemoor councillors

THE Prime Minister visited Somerset again today to see the start of the dredging operations at Burrowbridge.

Mr Cameron also went to see residents in Moorland to see what impact the flooding has had on people who have only just moved back into their homes.

Mr Cameron said: “I wanted to come here today to see for myself that dredging had started and hear more about the impact that will have. It will increase river capacity by 30 to 40% and make a real difference.

“There's been a change of culture and people are now more in favour of dredging. The Environment Agency were turning away from dredging because it was thought to be harmful to the environment, but I've said that was wrong to think it's not environmentally sound to dredge.”

A reception will be held at Downing Street to recognise some of the people who have gone above and beyond to help others in the wake of the floods.

Mr Cameron said: “There are too many people to thank at Downing Street and I would welcome local MPs doing what they can to ensure volunteers are recognised in the honour system.”

He once again said his previous statement that “money is no object” referred to the emergency phase.

He added: “We have the Belwin scheme to reimburse councils, which will see tens of millions being paid out. People can also apply for grants through the council of £5,000 towards protecting against the floods.”

The PM also met with local MPs and Sedgemoor councillors to hear the details of the 20 year plan for management of the rivers and flood prevention.

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4:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

feeby12007 says...

Why doesn't he come and see everyone else in Somerset who was effected by flooding who chose NOT to live on a floodplain?
Why doesn't he come and see everyone else in Somerset who was effected by flooding who chose NOT to live on a floodplain? feeby12007
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9:14am Sun 6 Apr 14

GoingGreen says...

On what basis has Mr Cameron decided it is now environmentally sound to dredge, despite the environment agency believing otherwise? Votes of course.
On what basis has Mr Cameron decided it is now environmentally sound to dredge, despite the environment agency believing otherwise? Votes of course. GoingGreen
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10:54am Wed 9 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

GoingGreen wrote:
On what basis has Mr Cameron decided it is now environmentally sound to dredge, despite the environment agency believing otherwise? Votes of course.
Why do you Presume " That Because the environment Agency " have taken a Stance, that Dredging is not necessary or Required ????? I, like the Farmers who Along with all the Landowners, flooded out Homes, and many many more, like myself, have Looked At the Facts, re the Last 50 years of Dredging or Non Dredging of the R. Parrett , have come to Reasoned Conclusion, that The E A Policy, of Non Dredging is Flawed, Wrong, and Partial to BLAME for the Flooding in Sedgemoor, not only this year ,but last year as well.
So, now all too late, measures Now have to be put in place to ensure that it Doesn't happen this Coming Winter 2014.
With the Environment, convinced they are RIGHT, carrying on with the Policy of now Against Dredging Still, have been Forced By David Cameron, to Start Dredging on the R. Parrett , either side of BurrowBridge. !!!!!!....The Whole Length of the River need to be Dredged, and re dredged, as and when necessary, until a New Sluice can be built, around the Dunball Area, thus preventing Silt and Sludge from infiltrating on the incoming Tidal Waters Twice Daily.
The Money, is ring fenced within SDC Funds, having been Surcharged on every New Build Development over the las 5-6 years..This Ringfenced Fund must be used within A 10 year Period, I believe, or will be returned to those who were surcharged, on their Planning 106 Agreements.
And Feeby12007- your comment, re as to why David C did not visit everyone else who do not live on Flood plains " as you Put it"
The Villages of BurrowBridge, Moorland, Floodgate, Middle Moor, Salt Moor, Curry Moor, Muchelney, and their residents have not and Do Not Live on Flood Plains, !!!!!.
These, area's have been re designated by the E A as Hamlets, that They the EA have Deemed to be Acceptable to allow to Flood, in order to fit into The E A Flood Management Planning ??????, but without telling the Residents, that their Homes and Businesses were to be Sacrificed, by The E Agency.
As is my Home in East Bridgwater, designated 3 /3A Flood Zone Mapping, Highest Designated Risk, in Bridgwater, itself.
It is only the Complete lack of Joined up thinking , that the Last 2 Years of High Rainfall, that the EA, have ? "lost The Plot", Dunwear, has not Flooded in the Last 100+ years! Chedzoy in the Last 50 years has not be cut of For 4 months from Westonzoyland Rd with 3-4 ft of water, covering the Roads and Fields.
The Steart Penninsula Bird Sanctuary, £21Million EA spend, sums up, where they went wrong, with their Spend, Priorities./ against Risk factor.
So, I applaud David Cameron, PM and of course Our MP, Iain Liddel-Grainger
For the Amount of Time Energy, that they have both Given to sort out and Prioritise, as to what, is required, now in the medium to Short term, and in the Mid-term, re the Sluice etc,
Just what ????????? Have Miliband, Labour and N Farage Ukip achieved, by coming onto the Rivers Parrett, apart from " PhotoOpportunities".
.
The Environment Agency, must now be held Accountable, Challenged, on Every Major Policy Agenda, decisions.
Personally, now the Immediate Flooding has diminished, am awaiting a Phone call from SCC, to answer my Question put to them @ County Hall, to the Leader John Osman, and Deputy David Hall, (which we deferred) so that, issues regarding Flooding , Highways, EDF, can be addressed, and formulated into a workable Policies that Benefit Bridgwaters Residents, as @ Present, we are Nett Losers in many aspects of the County Councils Budget Spend......
David L Preece
Blue-Owl Former SDC Councillor.
.
[quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: On what basis has Mr Cameron decided it is now environmentally sound to dredge, despite the environment agency believing otherwise? Votes of course.[/p][/quote]Why do you Presume " That Because the environment Agency " have taken a Stance, that Dredging is not necessary or Required ????? I, like the Farmers who Along with all the Landowners, flooded out Homes, and many many more, like myself, have Looked At the Facts, re the Last 50 years of Dredging or Non Dredging of the R. Parrett , have come to Reasoned Conclusion, that The E A Policy, of Non Dredging is Flawed, Wrong, and Partial to BLAME for the Flooding in Sedgemoor, not only this year ,but last year as well. So, now all too late, measures Now have to be put in place to ensure that it Doesn't happen this Coming Winter 2014. With the Environment, convinced they are RIGHT, carrying on with the Policy of now Against Dredging Still, have been Forced By David Cameron, to Start Dredging on the R. Parrett , either side of BurrowBridge. !!!!!!....The Whole Length of the River need to be Dredged, and re dredged, as and when necessary, until a New Sluice can be built, around the Dunball Area, thus preventing Silt and Sludge from infiltrating on the incoming Tidal Waters Twice Daily. The Money, is ring fenced within SDC Funds, having been Surcharged on every New Build Development over the las 5-6 years..This Ringfenced Fund must be used within A 10 year Period, I believe, or will be returned to those who were surcharged, on their Planning 106 Agreements. And Feeby12007- your comment, re as to why David C did not visit everyone else who do not live on Flood plains " as you Put it" The Villages of BurrowBridge, Moorland, Floodgate, Middle Moor, Salt Moor, Curry Moor, Muchelney, and their residents have not and Do Not Live on Flood Plains, !!!!!. These, area's have been re designated by the E A as Hamlets, that They the EA have Deemed to be Acceptable to allow to Flood, in order to fit into The E A Flood Management Planning ??????, but without telling the Residents, that their Homes and Businesses were to be Sacrificed, by The E Agency. As is my Home in East Bridgwater, designated 3 /3A Flood Zone Mapping, Highest Designated Risk, in Bridgwater, itself. It is only the Complete lack of Joined up thinking , that the Last 2 Years of High Rainfall, that the EA, have ? "lost The Plot", Dunwear, has not Flooded in the Last 100+ years! Chedzoy in the Last 50 years has not be cut of For 4 months from Westonzoyland Rd with 3-4 ft of water, covering the Roads and Fields. The Steart Penninsula Bird Sanctuary, £21Million EA spend, sums up, where they went wrong, with their Spend, Priorities./ against Risk factor. So, I applaud David Cameron, PM and of course Our MP, Iain Liddel-Grainger For the Amount of Time Energy, that they have both Given to sort out and Prioritise, as to what, is required, now in the medium to Short term, and in the Mid-term, re the Sluice etc, Just what ????????? Have Miliband, Labour and N Farage Ukip achieved, by coming onto the Rivers Parrett, apart from " PhotoOpportunities". . The Environment Agency, must now be held Accountable, Challenged, on Every Major Policy Agenda, decisions. Personally, now the Immediate Flooding has diminished, am awaiting a Phone call from SCC, to answer my Question put to them @ County Hall, to the Leader John Osman, and Deputy David Hall, (which we deferred) so that, issues regarding Flooding , Highways, EDF, can be addressed, and formulated into a workable Policies that Benefit Bridgwaters Residents, as @ Present, we are Nett Losers in many aspects of the County Councils Budget Spend...... David L Preece Blue-Owl Former SDC Councillor. . Blue Owl
  • Score: -8

1:42pm Thu 10 Apr 14

GoingGreen says...

Blue owl. Re-read my post. I have not questioned whether or not dredging is right or wrong, necessary or not-required.

I have questioned why it is now environmentally sound in David "I need some votes" Cameron's opinion?

Take your blinkers off.
Blue owl. Re-read my post. I have not questioned whether or not dredging is right or wrong, necessary or not-required. I have questioned why it is now environmentally sound in David "I need some votes" Cameron's opinion? Take your blinkers off. GoingGreen
  • Score: 10

3:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Oh deary me Blue Owl yet another excuse for an anti EA rant your obsessive dislike of that organisation is just as ridiculous as that of your big Tory pal ILG. When are you going to acknowlege that we received the highest winter rainfall for 250 years and as such you just cannot compare the situation to what went on 30; 30 or 50 years ago. We are in the middle of a changing climate with these regular extreme weather conditions something we are going to have to get used to dealing with and we are not going to win every battle. The EA does not have finite resources and it was the Conservative led government keenly supported by ILG who cut their budget by 15%. Whilst the flooding was a travesty for all those affected frankly it could have been a whole lot worse and it was due to the hard work of the EA and other hard pressed public agencies that large sections of Taunton and Bridgwater were not flooded but I wouldnt expect you to have the good grace to acknowledge this fact.
Oh deary me Blue Owl yet another excuse for an anti EA rant your obsessive dislike of that organisation is just as ridiculous as that of your big Tory pal ILG. When are you going to acknowlege that we received the highest winter rainfall for 250 years and as such you just cannot compare the situation to what went on 30; 30 or 50 years ago. We are in the middle of a changing climate with these regular extreme weather conditions something we are going to have to get used to dealing with and we are not going to win every battle. The EA does not have finite resources and it was the Conservative led government keenly supported by ILG who cut their budget by 15%. Whilst the flooding was a travesty for all those affected frankly it could have been a whole lot worse and it was due to the hard work of the EA and other hard pressed public agencies that large sections of Taunton and Bridgwater were not flooded but I wouldnt expect you to have the good grace to acknowledge this fact. Bridgy old Boy
  • Score: 7

7:24pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Bridgy old Boy wrote:
Oh deary me Blue Owl yet another excuse for an anti EA rant your obsessive dislike of that organisation is just as ridiculous as that of your big Tory pal ILG. When are you going to acknowlege that we received the highest winter rainfall for 250 years and as such you just cannot compare the situation to what went on 30; 30 or 50 years ago. We are in the middle of a changing climate with these regular extreme weather conditions something we are going to have to get used to dealing with and we are not going to win every battle. The EA does not have finite resources and it was the Conservative led government keenly supported by ILG who cut their budget by 15%. Whilst the flooding was a travesty for all those affected frankly it could have been a whole lot worse and it was due to the hard work of the EA and other hard pressed public agencies that large sections of Taunton and Bridgwater were not flooded but I wouldnt expect you to have the good grace to acknowledge this fact.
Bridgy Old Boy, Why is it only when I post something, you feel it necessary to rebuke my Comments, I like yourself have an Opinion, it just happens that I express my personal views, whilst you sit at home Doing Nothing but awaiting the " Notify Box" on the Mercury Post Site. That Blue-Owl Has Posted....!!
Why should the Environment Agency, Boffin's and Senior Management not be held Accountable, for this Disaster, now for a Second year !!!
After what was deemed to be the 1/100 year Floods and Excess Rainfall, that we all agree was above the Norm, that was in 2012, the E Agency took No Notice of a Report, re the Dredging of the Parrett as a Must, to give the Rivers Parrett and Tone the 1960 Capacity, that a Dredged River would.
Preventative Water Management, is required, not Post Flooding excuses !!
If you have bothered to read the Posts, that I have Criticised the E Agency, it is about, creating Bird Sancturies, Wet Lands against using the Finite Resources, to protect the Homes and Businesses in And around Langport, Moorland and BurrowBridge, even now they The Environment Agency, are only Planned to Dredge a portion of the Parrett, either Side Of BurrowBridge.
Whilst, many not just myself call for the Whole Of the Parrett from Langport to the Estuary, needs to be Dredged, so the Flow is Constant. Likewise the King Sedgemoor Drain, must do just that.
Drain the Moors. !???
Sat on you Throne, high above Myself, from you Sanctimonious Position
I'm sure you will find some reason to
Correct this Post!!!!!

David L Preece
Blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]Bridgy old Boy[/bold] wrote: Oh deary me Blue Owl yet another excuse for an anti EA rant your obsessive dislike of that organisation is just as ridiculous as that of your big Tory pal ILG. When are you going to acknowlege that we received the highest winter rainfall for 250 years and as such you just cannot compare the situation to what went on 30; 30 or 50 years ago. We are in the middle of a changing climate with these regular extreme weather conditions something we are going to have to get used to dealing with and we are not going to win every battle. The EA does not have finite resources and it was the Conservative led government keenly supported by ILG who cut their budget by 15%. Whilst the flooding was a travesty for all those affected frankly it could have been a whole lot worse and it was due to the hard work of the EA and other hard pressed public agencies that large sections of Taunton and Bridgwater were not flooded but I wouldnt expect you to have the good grace to acknowledge this fact.[/p][/quote]Bridgy Old Boy, Why is it only when I post something, you feel it necessary to rebuke my Comments, I like yourself have an Opinion, it just happens that I express my personal views, whilst you sit at home Doing Nothing but awaiting the " Notify Box" on the Mercury Post Site. That Blue-Owl Has Posted....!! Why should the Environment Agency, Boffin's and Senior Management not be held Accountable, for this Disaster, now for a Second year !!! After what was deemed to be the 1/100 year Floods and Excess Rainfall, that we all agree was above the Norm, that was in 2012, the E Agency took No Notice of a Report, re the Dredging of the Parrett as a Must, to give the Rivers Parrett and Tone the 1960 Capacity, that a Dredged River would. Preventative Water Management, is required, not Post Flooding excuses !! If you have bothered to read the Posts, that I have Criticised the E Agency, it is about, creating Bird Sancturies, Wet Lands against using the Finite Resources, to protect the Homes and Businesses in And around Langport, Moorland and BurrowBridge, even now they The Environment Agency, are only Planned to Dredge a portion of the Parrett, either Side Of BurrowBridge. Whilst, many not just myself call for the Whole Of the Parrett from Langport to the Estuary, needs to be Dredged, so the Flow is Constant. Likewise the King Sedgemoor Drain, must do just that. Drain the Moors. !??? Sat on you Throne, high above Myself, from you Sanctimonious Position I'm sure you will find some reason to Correct this Post!!!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -10

8:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

GoingGreen says...

Frankly, I'm all for the bird sanctuaries. We are not a super race with priority over others. Besides, dredging wont help when we are on a planet 2 degrees warmer.
Frankly, I'm all for the bird sanctuaries. We are not a super race with priority over others. Besides, dredging wont help when we are on a planet 2 degrees warmer. GoingGreen
  • Score: 6

1:00pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Going Green, Great to have your input, of course I do not agree, but you have the ability to make your Point. Noah and the Ark proved that Principal.
The Birds will do exactly as they have Done Since the Earth Was Flooded many Years ago, Fly to Higher Ground, Roost and wait for the Water to drain.
Unfortunatly, we can not fly to Higher Ground, although there is a Lot to be said for Building New Houses on Stilts, within the Low Lying Land with Car Ports underneath, the Electric Points @ 5 Ft on the Walls. !!! . obviously this is not on Flood Plains, as some Posters ' seem not to understand the difference between Flood Plains and theLevels and Moors. Housing has not been built in Sedgemoor on Flood Plains for at least 5-10 years now....
If you Green Doctrine was workable, everyone would be Adopting the Principles, but Unfortunatly, it has Flaws, and Massive Cost Implications.
Bridgy Boy Sits aloft his Pile, Dry, unconcerned of the Plight of those Families
Whose lives, have been Devestated over the Last 2 years......
There but for the Grace of God, is something I say !!!!
Yesterday, the Anti Nuclear Protesters, rallied @ Hinkley, good luck to them, but, if they really believed in what they Preach, they would not be using Nuclear Generated Electricity, nor Coal or Oil Fired, as it all has a detrimental effect on the Earth.........
So shall we all go back to living in Caves, and Tree's, of Course Not, this is
2014, not post Ice Age .....
Blue- Owl
David L Preece.
Going Green, Great to have your input, of course I do not agree, but you have the ability to make your Point. Noah and the Ark proved that Principal. The Birds will do exactly as they have Done Since the Earth Was Flooded many Years ago, Fly to Higher Ground, Roost and wait for the Water to drain. Unfortunatly, we can not fly to Higher Ground, although there is a Lot to be said for Building New Houses on Stilts, within the Low Lying Land with Car Ports underneath, the Electric Points @ 5 Ft on the Walls. !!! . obviously this is not on Flood Plains, as some Posters ' seem not to understand the difference between Flood Plains and theLevels and Moors. Housing has not been built in Sedgemoor on Flood Plains for at least 5-10 years now.... If you Green Doctrine was workable, everyone would be Adopting the Principles, but Unfortunatly, it has Flaws, and Massive Cost Implications. Bridgy Boy Sits aloft his Pile, Dry, unconcerned of the Plight of those Families Whose lives, have been Devestated over the Last 2 years...... There but for the Grace of God, is something I say !!!! Yesterday, the Anti Nuclear Protesters, rallied @ Hinkley, good luck to them, but, if they really believed in what they Preach, they would not be using Nuclear Generated Electricity, nor Coal or Oil Fired, as it all has a detrimental effect on the Earth......... So shall we all go back to living in Caves, and Tree's, of Course Not, this is 2014, not post Ice Age ..... Blue- Owl David L Preece. Blue Owl
  • Score: -3

2:52pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Oh dear blue owl I can never quite work out if you do not see the point or are deliberately missing it. I will challenge you again have we not just suffered the highest recorded winter rainfall for 250 years? Assuming you agree with the meteorologists/weath
er experts then would you not say that the extreme weather phenomena may have contributed to the major floods experienced? Now should we experience a similar extreme weather event next winter what are the chances of another similar flooding incident? The point I am trying the make is that despite your irrational hatred of the EA I am not convinced that there is much they could have done to stop or limit this occurrence. It is clear that the action they took did limit the impact to a hundred or so homes rather than the many thousands who were at risk in Taunton and Bridgwater and as a resident at risk in Bridgwater I thought this is something you have welcomed although a appreciate you may feel a tinge of guilt for those poor souls in Moorland and Fordgate who took the brunt of the water. So in summary please open your eyes the effect of climate change and at the same time acknowledge that the only way to stop future similar incidents will involve the investment of huge sums of public money.
Oh dear blue owl I can never quite work out if you do not see the point or are deliberately missing it. I will challenge you again have we not just suffered the highest recorded winter rainfall for 250 years? Assuming you agree with the meteorologists/weath er experts then would you not say that the extreme weather phenomena may have contributed to the major floods experienced? Now should we experience a similar extreme weather event next winter what are the chances of another similar flooding incident? The point I am trying the make is that despite your irrational hatred of the EA I am not convinced that there is much they could have done to stop or limit this occurrence. It is clear that the action they took did limit the impact to a hundred or so homes rather than the many thousands who were at risk in Taunton and Bridgwater and as a resident at risk in Bridgwater I thought this is something you have welcomed although a appreciate you may feel a tinge of guilt for those poor souls in Moorland and Fordgate who took the brunt of the water. So in summary please open your eyes the effect of climate change and at the same time acknowledge that the only way to stop future similar incidents will involve the investment of huge sums of public money. Bridgy old Boy
  • Score: 1

7:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

GoingGreen says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Going Green, Great to have your input, of course I do not agree, but you have the ability to make your Point. Noah and the Ark proved that Principal.
The Birds will do exactly as they have Done Since the Earth Was Flooded many Years ago, Fly to Higher Ground, Roost and wait for the Water to drain.
Unfortunatly, we can not fly to Higher Ground, although there is a Lot to be said for Building New Houses on Stilts, within the Low Lying Land with Car Ports underneath, the Electric Points @ 5 Ft on the Walls. !!! . obviously this is not on Flood Plains, as some Posters ' seem not to understand the difference between Flood Plains and theLevels and Moors. Housing has not been built in Sedgemoor on Flood Plains for at least 5-10 years now....
If you Green Doctrine was workable, everyone would be Adopting the Principles, but Unfortunatly, it has Flaws, and Massive Cost Implications.
Bridgy Boy Sits aloft his Pile, Dry, unconcerned of the Plight of those Families
Whose lives, have been Devestated over the Last 2 years......
There but for the Grace of God, is something I say !!!!
Yesterday, the Anti Nuclear Protesters, rallied @ Hinkley, good luck to them, but, if they really believed in what they Preach, they would not be using Nuclear Generated Electricity, nor Coal or Oil Fired, as it all has a detrimental effect on the Earth.........
So shall we all go back to living in Caves, and Tree's, of Course Not, this is
2014, not post Ice Age .....
Blue- Owl
David L Preece.
I don't believe, blue owl, that I have put forward any green doctrines, merely highlighted the issue. Dredging may solve the problem in the short term, but it won't cure it.

I am well aware that the short sightedness and ignorance of today's generation and governments makes it very difficult to make significant change. However, in the same way that many small raindrops combined to cause the floods, we can and should all try to do our bit as individuals.

All the above aside, I hope life is now improving for those affected by this year's floods.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Going Green, Great to have your input, of course I do not agree, but you have the ability to make your Point. Noah and the Ark proved that Principal. The Birds will do exactly as they have Done Since the Earth Was Flooded many Years ago, Fly to Higher Ground, Roost and wait for the Water to drain. Unfortunatly, we can not fly to Higher Ground, although there is a Lot to be said for Building New Houses on Stilts, within the Low Lying Land with Car Ports underneath, the Electric Points @ 5 Ft on the Walls. !!! . obviously this is not on Flood Plains, as some Posters ' seem not to understand the difference between Flood Plains and theLevels and Moors. Housing has not been built in Sedgemoor on Flood Plains for at least 5-10 years now.... If you Green Doctrine was workable, everyone would be Adopting the Principles, but Unfortunatly, it has Flaws, and Massive Cost Implications. Bridgy Boy Sits aloft his Pile, Dry, unconcerned of the Plight of those Families Whose lives, have been Devestated over the Last 2 years...... There but for the Grace of God, is something I say !!!! Yesterday, the Anti Nuclear Protesters, rallied @ Hinkley, good luck to them, but, if they really believed in what they Preach, they would not be using Nuclear Generated Electricity, nor Coal or Oil Fired, as it all has a detrimental effect on the Earth......... So shall we all go back to living in Caves, and Tree's, of Course Not, this is 2014, not post Ice Age ..... Blue- Owl David L Preece.[/p][/quote]I don't believe, blue owl, that I have put forward any green doctrines, merely highlighted the issue. Dredging may solve the problem in the short term, but it won't cure it. I am well aware that the short sightedness and ignorance of today's generation and governments makes it very difficult to make significant change. However, in the same way that many small raindrops combined to cause the floods, we can and should all try to do our bit as individuals. All the above aside, I hope life is now improving for those affected by this year's floods. GoingGreen
  • Score: 3

8:04pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Bridgy old Boy wrote:
Oh dear blue owl I can never quite work out if you do not see the point or are deliberately missing it. I will challenge you again have we not just suffered the highest recorded winter rainfall for 250 years? Assuming you agree with the meteorologists/weath

er experts then would you not say that the extreme weather phenomena may have contributed to the major floods experienced? Now should we experience a similar extreme weather event next winter what are the chances of another similar flooding incident? The point I am trying the make is that despite your irrational hatred of the EA I am not convinced that there is much they could have done to stop or limit this occurrence. It is clear that the action they took did limit the impact to a hundred or so homes rather than the many thousands who were at risk in Taunton and Bridgwater and as a resident at risk in Bridgwater I thought this is something you have welcomed although a appreciate you may feel a tinge of guilt for those poor souls in Moorland and Fordgate who took the brunt of the water. So in summary please open your eyes the effect of climate change and at the same time acknowledge that the only way to stop future similar incidents will involve the investment of huge sums of public money.
Bridgeoldboy, Shall I rewrite my Points to your Arguments made Against my Post, What I agree with you is that the Winter rain falls , have increased in recent years, so one would presume that an Agency that 's purpose is to Manage, and deal with the Increased Water Volumes, that means use the Resources under its Remit to identify, where and to what levels flood water is going to be a problem to roads, homes and Businesses. They have the Computer Modules that they seem so keen on basing all their Assessments on.
For the past 20 years, they have Worked on their Plans, to Protect the Area's From Flooding, well they have Failed, not Once, but again this past Winter. Thus Causing terrible detrimental Damage to Households and Businesses, whilst, trying to pass the Buck for their Inadequacy, I fail to see how you, Bridgyoldboy, can continually post, condemning my Stance, on their Poor Performance.
Last year, Supposedly in 2012-13 was the 1/100 forecasted Heavy rainfall, they based all their Predictions on, Wrong of Course, as the Bridgwater Eastern 3 and 3A flood Zones, East Bridgwater, of where I live, have paid High Excess Insurance And Mortgage Premiums for the Past 35 years, due to The E A. Predictions ???? Along with all other Householders who reside on
Dunwear and Bower. We did not Flood last Year, or indeed this year, so their Predictions and Forecasts were not Reliable, ?????? But, I am Supposed to have Faith And Believe in their Forcasts.
What I do base my post on, are the Actual Consortium of Drainage Board Members and Engineers, many years of Expertise, on the Ground, working with the Rivers Parrett and Tone, Brue, and Axe, their Combined Knowlege, far out ways the E A Experience, in this Area.
As I posted, and Read @ SDC Emergency Council Meeting, on this matter a Report dated Feb28th 2013, from the CoDB, which wrote to The Environment Agency, their Report on the Previous years Excess Rainfall and Flooding in Somerset, their Conclusion was that the Parrett and Tone Needed to be Dredged Urgently, so that the Capacity would be back to the 1960 level.
For 8- 10 years I asked at many meetings, as to why the River Parrett, was not being Dredged, They the E Agency Officers ' LIED ' not only to me, in their responses, but to the other Members of the SCC, SDC, and Other Authorities, who were there present over many years.
Stating that The Dredging, could Not be Done as the Silt and Sludge that had built up along the Length of the Parrett was Contaminated, Now we learn this was not true, and that they were hiding behind an E U Dictate, that Said, that Silt that was Contaminated Could not be Removed and Put on the Banks.
This, has now been revealed as A Policy Adopted by The E Agency, under Falseness.
As now, that it has been a 2nd year of Total Shambles Policies, post event Pumping, instead of Pre Planned Water Management. They now say that the Rivers Can be dredged and that they Never Were Contaminated.
You Expect Me To Forgive this Gross Deceipt, and Incompetance.
The Environment Agency, under Blairs , Appointed Quango Chairman, Lord Chris Smith, on £100.000 for up to 2 meeting only a Week. £2000 a week,
For doing A Bad Job, if his Chairmanship, actually Spearheaded the Environment Agency, to be Reactive, rather than retrospective, only. The Policy of following E U Policies On creating Wetlands and Bird Sancturies, at the Expense of Essential Work on Flood prevention Measures including Dredging Mitigation.
As 2012 -2013 and Now 2014 is most likely to have Similar Weather Patterns, then the EAency, should be ensuring that 2014 Autumn Predictive Rainfall, must be Now taken account of and Mitigation Measures Put in Place.
If this means, Total Dredging of the Entire Length of the River Parrett, not just the area either Side of BurrowBridge, despite the call, from everyone outside of employment of the E Agency, for it be done. They have ignored, the residents , I L Grainger, MP, and SDC Members, and Many individuals like myself, who say this is what is Needed. Why ????? Are they adhering to this Policy, my theory is, so when the Weather Next Winter, has similar destructive Forces, they can say , " We Dredged & It Made No Difference " to the Flooding Issues !!!!!!! Therefore Justifying their Actions or Inaction !!!!
Further more, I have had nothing but praise for the E A Staff, who have endured months of Severe Working Environment, many I spoke to, felt their Bosses, were making wrong decisions, but for fear of losing their Jobs, could not speak out.....
Of the Announced 1500 Job Loses, for the Agency, the Cull should Start at the Very Top, Lord Chris Smith, under his Chairmanship, this Agency has Totally mismanaged the Funding Spend, totally mismanaged. Their Dogged resistance to Dredge Has resulted in a Multi Million Pound Insurance Claims,
The Residents in and around BurrowBridge, Moorland, Athelney, and Muchelney, should never had to endure the Flooding of their Homes and Businesses. So, along with Smith the Senior Management Teams Need to be Severly Thinned, leaving those who are flexible to Change, only to implement,
The necessary measures to ensure that correct measures are Put in Place for the Next 1-3 years, 3-5years and through to the 20 Year Plan, now Adopted by SCC and SDC. Backed By David Cameron, and the Environment Minister.
So Bridgyoldboy I do not need you to tell me about this, I think I have An insight, into this more than your Limited Knowledge, but should you actually add something worthy, that I do not know, then I am alway willing to learn, unlike your self, who knows it all .
I make no Apology for the Length of this Post, !!!!
But am fed up with having to repeat, info already said!!!
David L Preece
Blue -Owl
[quote][p][bold]Bridgy old Boy[/bold] wrote: Oh dear blue owl I can never quite work out if you do not see the point or are deliberately missing it. I will challenge you again have we not just suffered the highest recorded winter rainfall for 250 years? Assuming you agree with the meteorologists/weath er experts then would you not say that the extreme weather phenomena may have contributed to the major floods experienced? Now should we experience a similar extreme weather event next winter what are the chances of another similar flooding incident? The point I am trying the make is that despite your irrational hatred of the EA I am not convinced that there is much they could have done to stop or limit this occurrence. It is clear that the action they took did limit the impact to a hundred or so homes rather than the many thousands who were at risk in Taunton and Bridgwater and as a resident at risk in Bridgwater I thought this is something you have welcomed although a appreciate you may feel a tinge of guilt for those poor souls in Moorland and Fordgate who took the brunt of the water. So in summary please open your eyes the effect of climate change and at the same time acknowledge that the only way to stop future similar incidents will involve the investment of huge sums of public money.[/p][/quote]Bridgeoldboy, Shall I rewrite my Points to your Arguments made Against my Post, What I agree with you is that the Winter rain falls , have increased in recent years, so one would presume that an Agency that 's purpose is to Manage, and deal with the Increased Water Volumes, that means use the Resources under its Remit to identify, where and to what levels flood water is going to be a problem to roads, homes and Businesses. They have the Computer Modules that they seem so keen on basing all their Assessments on. For the past 20 years, they have Worked on their Plans, to Protect the Area's From Flooding, well they have Failed, not Once, but again this past Winter. Thus Causing terrible detrimental Damage to Households and Businesses, whilst, trying to pass the Buck for their Inadequacy, I fail to see how you, Bridgyoldboy, can continually post, condemning my Stance, on their Poor Performance. Last year, Supposedly in 2012-13 was the 1/100 forecasted Heavy rainfall, they based all their Predictions on, Wrong of Course, as the Bridgwater Eastern 3 and 3A flood Zones, East Bridgwater, of where I live, have paid High Excess Insurance And Mortgage Premiums for the Past 35 years, due to The E A. Predictions ???? Along with all other Householders who reside on Dunwear and Bower. We did not Flood last Year, or indeed this year, so their Predictions and Forecasts were not Reliable, ?????? But, I am Supposed to have Faith And Believe in their Forcasts. What I do base my post on, are the Actual Consortium of Drainage Board Members and Engineers, many years of Expertise, on the Ground, working with the Rivers Parrett and Tone, Brue, and Axe, their Combined Knowlege, far out ways the E A Experience, in this Area. As I posted, and Read @ SDC Emergency Council Meeting, on this matter a Report dated Feb28th 2013, from the CoDB, which wrote to The Environment Agency, their Report on the Previous years Excess Rainfall and Flooding in Somerset, their Conclusion was that the Parrett and Tone Needed to be Dredged Urgently, so that the Capacity would be back to the 1960 level. For 8- 10 years I asked at many meetings, as to why the River Parrett, was not being Dredged, They the E Agency Officers ' LIED ' not only to me, in their responses, but to the other Members of the SCC, SDC, and Other Authorities, who were there present over many years. Stating that The Dredging, could Not be Done as the Silt and Sludge that had built up along the Length of the Parrett was Contaminated, Now we learn this was not true, and that they were hiding behind an E U Dictate, that Said, that Silt that was Contaminated Could not be Removed and Put on the Banks. This, has now been revealed as A Policy Adopted by The E Agency, under Falseness. As now, that it has been a 2nd year of Total Shambles Policies, post event Pumping, instead of Pre Planned Water Management. They now say that the Rivers Can be dredged and that they Never Were Contaminated. You Expect Me To Forgive this Gross Deceipt, and Incompetance. The Environment Agency, under Blairs , Appointed Quango Chairman, Lord Chris Smith, on £100.000 for up to 2 meeting only a Week. £2000 a week, For doing A Bad Job, if his Chairmanship, actually Spearheaded the Environment Agency, to be Reactive, rather than retrospective, only. The Policy of following E U Policies On creating Wetlands and Bird Sancturies, at the Expense of Essential Work on Flood prevention Measures including Dredging Mitigation. As 2012 -2013 and Now 2014 is most likely to have Similar Weather Patterns, then the EAency, should be ensuring that 2014 Autumn Predictive Rainfall, must be Now taken account of and Mitigation Measures Put in Place. If this means, Total Dredging of the Entire Length of the River Parrett, not just the area either Side of BurrowBridge, despite the call, from everyone outside of employment of the E Agency, for it be done. They have ignored, the residents , I L Grainger, MP, and SDC Members, and Many individuals like myself, who say this is what is Needed. Why ????? Are they adhering to this Policy, my theory is, so when the Weather Next Winter, has similar destructive Forces, they can say , " We Dredged & It Made No Difference " to the Flooding Issues !!!!!!! Therefore Justifying their Actions or Inaction !!!! Further more, I have had nothing but praise for the E A Staff, who have endured months of Severe Working Environment, many I spoke to, felt their Bosses, were making wrong decisions, but for fear of losing their Jobs, could not speak out..... Of the Announced 1500 Job Loses, for the Agency, the Cull should Start at the Very Top, Lord Chris Smith, under his Chairmanship, this Agency has Totally mismanaged the Funding Spend, totally mismanaged. Their Dogged resistance to Dredge Has resulted in a Multi Million Pound Insurance Claims, The Residents in and around BurrowBridge, Moorland, Athelney, and Muchelney, should never had to endure the Flooding of their Homes and Businesses. So, along with Smith the Senior Management Teams Need to be Severly Thinned, leaving those who are flexible to Change, only to implement, The necessary measures to ensure that correct measures are Put in Place for the Next 1-3 years, 3-5years and through to the 20 Year Plan, now Adopted by SCC and SDC. Backed By David Cameron, and the Environment Minister. So Bridgyoldboy I do not need you to tell me about this, I think I have An insight, into this more than your Limited Knowledge, but should you actually add something worthy, that I do not know, then I am alway willing to learn, unlike your self, who knows it all . I make no Apology for the Length of this Post, !!!! But am fed up with having to repeat, info already said!!! David L Preece Blue -Owl Blue Owl
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