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9:36am Fri 31 Jan 14

Halfwit Farmer says...

Whoopee.. FB have provided a few small pumps.. capacity of less than one cubic meter.
Aren't they the saviours of the day...?!
Whoopee.. FB have provided a few small pumps.. capacity of less than one cubic meter. Aren't they the saviours of the day...?! Halfwit Farmer
  • Score: -3

10:52am Fri 31 Jan 14

theyardy says...

Halfwit Farmer wrote:
Whoopee.. FB have provided a few small pumps.. capacity of less than one cubic meter.
Aren't they the saviours of the day...?!
Easy to criticize, sat on your backside.

What have you done to help???
[quote][p][bold]Halfwit Farmer[/bold] wrote: Whoopee.. FB have provided a few small pumps.. capacity of less than one cubic meter. Aren't they the saviours of the day...?![/p][/quote]Easy to criticize, sat on your backside. What have you done to help??? theyardy
  • Score: -1

1:04pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Somerset:SocialistParty says...

A member of the Somerset branch of the Socialist Party writes:

Somerset residents need fully-funded environmental planning

Residents in Somerset still find their homes underwater four weeks after the initial floods. Villages on the Somerset Levels have been most affected, and while communities expect some flooding in these areas, the affect of government cuts and climate change have meant these "once in a hundred years events" are happening every year.

This week Owen Patterson, the Tory environment secretary, visited Somerset to witness the damage himself. He left without speaking to any residents and has also made misleading statements, saying that the Coalition has spent more money on flood prevention than the previous Labour government. This is untrue.

One reason why this year's flooding has been so severe is because the river Parrett, where the flood water is supposed to drain into, has not been dredged. This is obviously due to the huge cuts to the Environment Agency - reportedly up to 40%. What makes this worse is that these dangers were already highlighted in a previous flooding plan written last year. The Con-Dem coalition has ignored this, and the wider concern about flooding, in favour of their austerity agenda. This is madness when put in the context of climate change.

Somerset residents don't need vacuous statements from visiting ministers or Princes. We need fully-funded environmental planning, which can try to mitigate the problems of climate change, not exacerbate them. However, all the three main parties support cuts; to the Environment Agency as well as the NHS, education and councils. We need a new party that not only provides funding for environmental planning, but also uses a socialist plan of production to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and pollution in order to reduce climate change.

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
A member of the Somerset branch of the Socialist Party writes: Somerset residents need fully-funded environmental planning Residents in Somerset still find their homes underwater four weeks after the initial floods. Villages on the Somerset Levels have been most affected, and while communities expect some flooding in these areas, the affect of government cuts and climate change have meant these "once in a hundred years events" are happening every year. This week Owen Patterson, the Tory environment secretary, visited Somerset to witness the damage himself. He left without speaking to any residents and has also made misleading statements, saying that the Coalition has spent more money on flood prevention than the previous Labour government. This is untrue. One reason why this year's flooding has been so severe is because the river Parrett, where the flood water is supposed to drain into, has not been dredged. This is obviously due to the huge cuts to the Environment Agency - reportedly up to 40%. What makes this worse is that these dangers were already highlighted in a previous flooding plan written last year. The Con-Dem coalition has ignored this, and the wider concern about flooding, in favour of their austerity agenda. This is madness when put in the context of climate change. Somerset residents don't need vacuous statements from visiting ministers or Princes. We need fully-funded environmental planning, which can try to mitigate the problems of climate change, not exacerbate them. However, all the three main parties support cuts; to the Environment Agency as well as the NHS, education and councils. We need a new party that not only provides funding for environmental planning, but also uses a socialist plan of production to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and pollution in order to reduce climate change. For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset:SocialistParty
  • Score: -5

1:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

twinkles says...

The Parrett is tidal. If you make it any deeper or wider, it will simply fill up at high tide. As it already does.
The Parrett is tidal. If you make it any deeper or wider, it will simply fill up at high tide. As it already does. twinkles
  • Score: 6

6:14pm Fri 31 Jan 14

MR.GOF says...

The parret needs a gate at dundball ,so to stop the sea coming in in the first place,then raise the banks up two meter`s going back to the mouth of the parret,
so in future floods, the water can be pumped out of the parret then into the sea.
how to pay for it? the lotto....eu,or the goverment witch like`s to give million`s of cash away eact year......
The parret needs a gate at dundball ,so to stop the sea coming in in the first place,then raise the banks up two meter`s going back to the mouth of the parret, so in future floods, the water can be pumped out of the parret then into the sea. how to pay for it? the lotto....eu,or the goverment witch like`s to give million`s of cash away eact year...... MR.GOF
  • Score: 0

9:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Somerset:SocialistPa
rty
wrote:
A member of the Somerset branch of the Socialist Party writes: Somerset residents need fully-funded environmental planning Residents in Somerset still find their homes underwater four weeks after the initial floods. Villages on the Somerset Levels have been most affected, and while communities expect some flooding in these areas, the affect of government cuts and climate change have meant these "once in a hundred years events" are happening every year. This week Owen Patterson, the Tory environment secretary, visited Somerset to witness the damage himself. He left without speaking to any residents and has also made misleading statements, saying that the Coalition has spent more money on flood prevention than the previous Labour government. This is untrue. One reason why this year's flooding has been so severe is because the river Parrett, where the flood water is supposed to drain into, has not been dredged. This is obviously due to the huge cuts to the Environment Agency - reportedly up to 40%. What makes this worse is that these dangers were already highlighted in a previous flooding plan written last year. The Con-Dem coalition has ignored this, and the wider concern about flooding, in favour of their austerity agenda. This is madness when put in the context of climate change. Somerset residents don't need vacuous statements from visiting ministers or Princes. We need fully-funded environmental planning, which can try to mitigate the problems of climate change, not exacerbate them. However, all the three main parties support cuts; to the Environment Agency as well as the NHS, education and councils. We need a new party that not only provides funding for environmental planning, but also uses a socialist plan of production to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and pollution in order to reduce climate change. For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk
No they need to tax the rich till they leave the party and then the music will stop paying becuase the rich are a necessary evil as the pay the lions shares of the taxes to enable money to be spent.

Socialism doesnt work!
[quote][p][bold]Somerset:SocialistPa rty[/bold] wrote: A member of the Somerset branch of the Socialist Party writes: Somerset residents need fully-funded environmental planning Residents in Somerset still find their homes underwater four weeks after the initial floods. Villages on the Somerset Levels have been most affected, and while communities expect some flooding in these areas, the affect of government cuts and climate change have meant these "once in a hundred years events" are happening every year. This week Owen Patterson, the Tory environment secretary, visited Somerset to witness the damage himself. He left without speaking to any residents and has also made misleading statements, saying that the Coalition has spent more money on flood prevention than the previous Labour government. This is untrue. One reason why this year's flooding has been so severe is because the river Parrett, where the flood water is supposed to drain into, has not been dredged. This is obviously due to the huge cuts to the Environment Agency - reportedly up to 40%. What makes this worse is that these dangers were already highlighted in a previous flooding plan written last year. The Con-Dem coalition has ignored this, and the wider concern about flooding, in favour of their austerity agenda. This is madness when put in the context of climate change. Somerset residents don't need vacuous statements from visiting ministers or Princes. We need fully-funded environmental planning, which can try to mitigate the problems of climate change, not exacerbate them. However, all the three main parties support cuts; to the Environment Agency as well as the NHS, education and councils. We need a new party that not only provides funding for environmental planning, but also uses a socialist plan of production to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and pollution in order to reduce climate change. For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk[/p][/quote]No they need to tax the rich till they leave the party and then the music will stop paying becuase the rich are a necessary evil as the pay the lions shares of the taxes to enable money to be spent. Socialism doesnt work! Mi_Coc
  • Score: 3

9:46pm Fri 31 Jan 14

LM says...

It a horrible thing to happen. The stress must be unimaginable but people need to stop living in arrears of high flood.
The government have been slow to act, especially as 40 Commando are based in Somerset BUT you can't always beat nature.
It's very unfortunate but true.
It a horrible thing to happen. The stress must be unimaginable but people need to stop living in arrears of high flood. The government have been slow to act, especially as 40 Commando are based in Somerset BUT you can't always beat nature. It's very unfortunate but true. LM
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Twinkles, having read your post, I am at a loss as to your thought process! you "state, if the Parrett is widened and Deepened, by dredging, it will just fill up again......???!!!! Is that what you said ?!?
The whole idea behind dredging and widening the River, Parrett is to enable more Volume of water into the whole River , as it is the capacity is taken up by mud/ Silt, with this removed, not jet blasted to end up downstream. This will allow 3 -4 times more water into the River! when pumped from the levels.
At present, the simple analogy is you can not get a quart into a pint pot., the Parrett as it is now. After non dredging for the last 20 years.
The Parrett does not overfill at high tide, at present, what is wrong is that the excess water can not be pumped into an already swollen River. The capacity can be increased! and with new pumping Stations built along its length, the excess rain water can be released into the Sea via this our Tidal River.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Twinkles, having read your post, I am at a loss as to your thought process! you "state, if the Parrett is widened and Deepened, by dredging, it will just fill up again......???!!!! Is that what you said ?!? The whole idea behind dredging and widening the River, Parrett is to enable more Volume of water into the whole River , as it is the capacity is taken up by mud/ Silt, with this removed, not jet blasted to end up downstream. This will allow 3 -4 times more water into the River! when pumped from the levels. At present, the simple analogy is you can not get a quart into a pint pot., the Parrett as it is now. After non dredging for the last 20 years. The Parrett does not overfill at high tide, at present, what is wrong is that the excess water can not be pumped into an already swollen River. The capacity can be increased! and with new pumping Stations built along its length, the excess rain water can be released into the Sea via this our Tidal River. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: 2

1:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

It's typical, the Socialist party! here using this Forum, to knock the efforts by our government ministers! and elected local MPs,, in the last weeks visits by the Minister Owen Patterson , it is not correct! the Socialist party stating that he did not talk to local people on the ground! I was There, He did!!! Local farmers! who were affected! directly by the floods. Why, he possibly did'nt talk to all the residents, who would have wanted to speak to him, was possibly because of Anti Badger, Stop the badger cull banners put out, on the entrance to the village of BurrowBridge, He was there to see the Environment Agency Actions, talk to the press and media, which he did! going away with an insight as to what was needed.
The real problem is the inability for the Environment Agency, to understand that The BLAME, for this 2 Nd year of flooding lies squarely on their shoulders, for not dredging the River Parrett for the last 20years.......
Labour lord Paterson is in charge of the Quango that oversee's the E A remit,
Chris Patterson is paid £100.000 per year for a 3 day week for this Quango Chair........So , even today he is coming out saying that we in the Somerset Villages, must expect to have our homes and Businesses flooded, as there is no money, well 100k your salary, and another 1500 Middle/ Top Jobs in the E Agency announced last week,( not the Engineers on the Ground, who have a difficult job to do, with top heavy management! making WRONG Decisions..
The River needs dredging, there needs to be new Permanant pumping stations along the River! to take the excess rain water at low tides into the estuary! and water containment resoivoirs, to capture the rain fall higher up the hills, as it takes 2/3 days for the rain to find its way into the streams on the levels.
If, the TRADE UNIONS want to debate, that our Government has cut money to the E Agency, then ask why,!!!!!!!!!
The last labour Goverments mishandling of our Economy, under Blair! Brown,
Balls, Prescott as Deputy PM, and Milliband. What a BUNCH of Wasters.....
David L Preece
Blue- Owl.
It's typical, the Socialist party! here using this Forum, to knock the efforts by our government ministers! and elected local MPs,, in the last weeks visits by the Minister Owen Patterson , it is not correct! the Socialist party stating that he did not talk to local people on the ground! I was There, He did!!! Local farmers! who were affected! directly by the floods. Why, he possibly did'nt talk to all the residents, who would have wanted to speak to him, was possibly because of Anti Badger, Stop the badger cull banners put out, on the entrance to the village of BurrowBridge, He was there to see the Environment Agency Actions, talk to the press and media, which he did! going away with an insight as to what was needed. The real problem is the inability for the Environment Agency, to understand that The BLAME, for this 2 Nd year of flooding lies squarely on their shoulders, for not dredging the River Parrett for the last 20years....... Labour lord Paterson is in charge of the Quango that oversee's the E A remit, Chris Patterson is paid £100.000 per year for a 3 day week for this Quango Chair........So , even today he is coming out saying that we in the Somerset Villages, must expect to have our homes and Businesses flooded, as there is no money, well 100k your salary, and another 1500 Middle/ Top Jobs in the E Agency announced last week,( not the Engineers on the Ground, who have a difficult job to do, with top heavy management! making WRONG Decisions.. The River needs dredging, there needs to be new Permanant pumping stations along the River! to take the excess rain water at low tides into the estuary! and water containment resoivoirs, to capture the rain fall higher up the hills, as it takes 2/3 days for the rain to find its way into the streams on the levels. If, the TRADE UNIONS want to debate, that our Government has cut money to the E Agency, then ask why,!!!!!!!!! The last labour Goverments mishandling of our Economy, under Blair! Brown, Balls, Prescott as Deputy PM, and Milliband. What a BUNCH of Wasters..... David L Preece Blue- Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

marsfoot1 says...

The more houses and roads that are built in the rivers Tone and Parrott Catchment areas will exaggerate the problem. This flooding is the consequence of irresponsible over development of the countryside and stupid government still insist on more and more development in this area until the levels will be returned to the sea. One minister has already stated that it will be necessary to relocate some residents I imagine to the concrete jungles they continue to build.
The more houses and roads that are built in the rivers Tone and Parrott Catchment areas will exaggerate the problem. This flooding is the consequence of irresponsible over development of the countryside and stupid government still insist on more and more development in this area until the levels will be returned to the sea. One minister has already stated that it will be necessary to relocate some residents I imagine to the concrete jungles they continue to build. marsfoot1
  • Score: 1

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