MP: Agen­cies must work to­gether

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THE MP for South Rib­ble called for mea­sures to be taken to tackle flood­ing in Tar­leton, Hes­keth Bank and Banks to pre­vent fur­ther dam­age and losses.

Speak­ing in the House of Com­mons, Kather­ine Fletcher MP asked Act­ing Leader of the House Stu­art An­drew to join her call for the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs (De­fra) to ur­gently bring for­ward its pro­pos­als to tackle sur­face wa­ter flood­ing.

Re­peated bouts of heavy rain have caused flood­ing is­sues to re­cur across homes, farms and busi­nesses in re­cent months, caus­ing both short and long-term prob­lems for those af­fected.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Ad­ver­tiser, the prob­lem has left farm­ers fear­ing for their liveli­hoods, while the ex­tent of flood­ing on streets in the vil­lages has re­quired fire­fight­ers to spend hours at­tempt­ing to pump wa­ter on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Ms Fletcher has pre­vi­ously stated that flood­ing is among her main is­sues to tackle as South Rib­ble MP but warned that mul­ti­ple agen­cies need to prop­erly work to­gether in or­der for any res­o­lu­tion to be found.

Speak­ing in West­min­ster, she said: “The res­i­dents, farm­ers, busi­ness own­ers of South Rib­ble are a re­silient bunch.

“How­ever, this sum­mer, too many of them have flooded in Ley­land, in Tar­leton, in Hes­keth Bank in Banks.

“Peo­ple have lost crops, they’ve lost pos­ses­sions, they’ve had their busi­nesses dam­aged and they are rightly cross and up­set.

“The ways to fix this dis­tress­ing prob­lem sit with too many in­di­vid­ual or­gan­i­sa­tions at the mo­ment.”

South Rib­ble MP Kather­ine Fletcher

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