Environment Agency to rule on temporary flood defences

This is The West Country: Environment Agency to rule on temporary flood defences Environment Agency to rule on temporary flood defences

THE Environment Agency will decide by the end of March, 2015, whether it should make permanent some of the temporary flood defences that were put in place during this year’s flooding crisis.

These include the temporary pumping sites at Northmoor and on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, along with flood protection around the communities of Aller, Westonzoyland and others.

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10:57pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Pieris says...

If EA decide not to make such defences permanent, might any attempt by Levels flood victims to campaign about this fall foul of the new 'Gagging Law'?
If EA decide not to make such defences permanent, might any attempt by Levels flood victims to campaign about this fall foul of the new 'Gagging Law'? Pieris
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7:15am Mon 21 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Why is the Environment Agency having the Final Say ??? They have already proven to be ' Not Fit For Purpose ' as their failure to Dredge our Rivers, have resulted in the worst flooding in Local History!!!
Let the Local Drainage Boards have the Finances to do the Dredging, now and each year it is required to redo the Silt removal.
The Business Rate should be retained local, to pay for this, along with other measures, such as Installing Pumping Stations where needed, to remove this now annual deluge of Rain water, that has to be Moved, of off the Moors and Levels, ASAP. Not Allowed to Flood Homes and Businesses.
As night follows Day, this year will almost certainly, as wet as the previous 2 years, so let's be responsible and have prevention measures in place, pro -Active, not re-active, so, those and others whose lives will be affected over the next 6-9 months, do not get hit again next winter, when they might hopefully return to their homes, in the Autumn.
The Local, Drainage Boards Members, know the Levels, know the Moors, and
Must be given the remit to Do the Local Work, Independent of E Agency interference.
David L Preece/ Blue-Owl
Why is the Environment Agency having the Final Say ??? They have already proven to be ' Not Fit For Purpose ' as their failure to Dredge our Rivers, have resulted in the worst flooding in Local History!!! Let the Local Drainage Boards have the Finances to do the Dredging, now and each year it is required to redo the Silt removal. The Business Rate should be retained local, to pay for this, along with other measures, such as Installing Pumping Stations where needed, to remove this now annual deluge of Rain water, that has to be Moved, of off the Moors and Levels, ASAP. Not Allowed to Flood Homes and Businesses. As night follows Day, this year will almost certainly, as wet as the previous 2 years, so let's be responsible and have prevention measures in place, pro -Active, not re-active, so, those and others whose lives will be affected over the next 6-9 months, do not get hit again next winter, when they might hopefully return to their homes, in the Autumn. The Local, Drainage Boards Members, know the Levels, know the Moors, and Must be given the remit to Do the Local Work, Independent of E Agency interference. David L Preece/ Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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10:41am Wed 23 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Over the Recent Bank Holiday weekend I was working Away on a Wine and Food Fayre, one evening @ 11pm, I was trawling the TV Channels in the BB
Came across the Parliament Channel, which had just started a Enquiry Evidence Gathering Committee to report its findings back through the Government Procedure, to Parliament.
It was an extremely interesting Programme- as it was the 28 Feb Scrutiny Chairman's Committee, with our Local Consortium of Drainage Board Members Giving Evidence, Tony Bradford Chaiirman, and Others telling As to how it is and as to why it has been Mishandled by the EA.
This Proggramme took Evidence from all Parties, locals, Experts ??!!!, the Conclusion, was that the Environment Agency Failed the Residents Who's homes were inundated with Fluvial Flood Water, as they were Negligent in not
Dredging the Parrett and Tone Rivers, still they have not Pledged to Dredge The Whole Length, as most of us have Said is Paramount, so as the Last 2 years, damage to properties and Businesses are not repeated.
We Will Not Stop, Until That Dredging of The Rivers entire Lengths are Completed !!!
Then, re dredged as as When the Silt is Deemed to be Settling Again, then in 3-5 years the Sluice/ Barrage @ Dunball Must Be Built. With a Road over the Barrage to Hinkley C. Joined Up Process, Double Benefit to Bridgwater, a Legacy that will help our Residents, for the Next 100 years..Win Win !!!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Over the Recent Bank Holiday weekend I was working Away on a Wine and Food Fayre, one evening @ 11pm, I was trawling the TV Channels in the BB Came across the Parliament Channel, which had just started a Enquiry Evidence Gathering Committee to report its findings back through the Government Procedure, to Parliament. It was an extremely interesting Programme- as it was the 28 Feb Scrutiny Chairman's Committee, with our Local Consortium of Drainage Board Members Giving Evidence, Tony Bradford Chaiirman, and Others telling As to how it is and as to why it has been Mishandled by the EA. This Proggramme took Evidence from all Parties, locals, Experts ??!!!, the Conclusion, was that the Environment Agency Failed the Residents Who's homes were inundated with Fluvial Flood Water, as they were Negligent in not Dredging the Parrett and Tone Rivers, still they have not Pledged to Dredge The Whole Length, as most of us have Said is Paramount, so as the Last 2 years, damage to properties and Businesses are not repeated. We Will Not Stop, Until That Dredging of The Rivers entire Lengths are Completed !!! Then, re dredged as as When the Silt is Deemed to be Settling Again, then in 3-5 years the Sluice/ Barrage @ Dunball Must Be Built. With a Road over the Barrage to Hinkley C. Joined Up Process, Double Benefit to Bridgwater, a Legacy that will help our Residents, for the Next 100 years..Win Win !!!! David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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12:59pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

It really is disappointing when an individuals dislike of and for an organisation almost to the point of irrational hatred clouds their judgement. What is clear no one can confidently predict that all the dredging in the world would have stopped the culminative build up of the worst winter rainfall for 250 years that led to the nightmarish floods. What is clear however is that the cuts to the EA's budgets so happily administered by all the County's MP's did contribute to a reduced programme of maintenance which may of increased the chance of flooding. If anybody needs to be admonised it is our hand wringing finger pointing MP's who spend a great deal of time trying to divert blame.
It really is disappointing when an individuals dislike of and for an organisation almost to the point of irrational hatred clouds their judgement. What is clear no one can confidently predict that all the dredging in the world would have stopped the culminative build up of the worst winter rainfall for 250 years that led to the nightmarish floods. What is clear however is that the cuts to the EA's budgets so happily administered by all the County's MP's did contribute to a reduced programme of maintenance which may of increased the chance of flooding. If anybody needs to be admonised it is our hand wringing finger pointing MP's who spend a great deal of time trying to divert blame. Bridgy old Boy
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6:09pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Bridgy old Boy wrote:
It really is disappointing when an individuals dislike of and for an organisation almost to the point of irrational hatred clouds their judgement. What is clear no one can confidently predict that all the dredging in the world would have stopped the culminative build up of the worst winter rainfall for 250 years that led to the nightmarish floods. What is clear however is that the cuts to the EA's budgets so happily administered by all the County's MP's did contribute to a reduced programme of maintenance which may of increased the chance of flooding. If anybody needs to be admonised it is our hand wringing finger pointing MP's who spend a great deal of time trying to divert blame.
Bridgyoldboy, you seem to imply that the Cuts to the Environment Agency, were so Draconian, that they had No Resources to administer their remit with,
As you well know, it's all about using the resources available to deliver !!!
Every Authority, Administration, Non Governmental Department, has had to reduce its spending, following the Last Labour Governments Total mishandling of the UK Budgets, spending money like a Man/ Woman with no arms as the Saying goes !!! They wasted Monies on creating Wetlands, and Bird Sancturies, ahead of ensuring the Residential Populations habitat was secure.
The Environment Agency's total refusal to Dredge the Rivers, despite the 2012/13 floods, which were deemed to be a 1/100 year freak occurrence . So when the Consortium of Drainage Boards, in their appraisal of the Floods in their Report to Government in Feb 28th 2013, recommended that the Rivers Parrett and Tone, needed to be Dredged, to bring its Capacity back to Post
1960's, which would be almost a Third More Volume Capacity. Did they do this, No the E Agency knew better, siting their well trodden MYTH that the Silt and Sludge was Contaminated, so dredging was not allowed under some EU
Dictat !!!.
Now, we know that they have Lied, the Silt / Sludge/ Mud/ Grit is free from Contaminates, and in any case each Stretch would have had to be Tested before removal and either spreading on the the Nearby fields, as good Nitro-enriched, or to Strengthen the Defences. For 10 years, they Lied to Committee Members, myself included....
Even now they are only going to Dredge either side of BurrowBridge, as they the EA still promote that Dredging is not the Answer, it isn't on its own, but combined with new pumps being installed, to remove the Surface Fluvial, rainfall quicker, so as the FLOODPLAINS do what they are designed to do !
Hold water for a minimal time, whilst pumps drain from the Flood Plains into the Stowey & King Sedgemoor Drain.
Not, as happened this year again, they lowered the Stillway, from the Tone which, allowed Millions of Gallons / Litres onto the Moors and Levels, inundating farm land and Villages and Hamlets, homes and businesses for 2-3 Months since before Christmas 2013.
Who knows, how much of the misery, could have been avoided, had they done the Preventative River Dredging, certainly the Consortium of Drainage boards, reccommendation to Dredge was ignored, this would have meant that
The Parretts capacity would have been as it was post 1960, by a third in volume.
We have all said, that you can not get a Quart into a Pint Pot, a point Made by Tony Bradford @ the 28 February 2014 Enquiry to Government, on behalf of the Residents and Farmers around Moorland, in his role as Chairman of the Drainage Boards. The Committee also were told that Preventative work was needed, not retrospective work, to repair damage already done.
The Environment Agency, are still not, at present preparing a Schedule of work to dredge the entire length, from the Estuary mouth @ BOS up to Langport, with re dredging done year on year as required to stop the Silts re-occurance.Years 2-5 :
Then, the Dunball Sluice, must be The 2 Nd phase work to be implemented,
Not turbines, as the Cost would out way the benefits. More important, to construct a roadway to Hinkley C from Dunball, thus avoiding all the Extra traffic assoc, with this the largest construction project in Europe. For Min 10 years.
They have spent some £18 Million on Transport vehicles, instead of leasing
Their Personal Salaries, and Numbers of Staff in the Offices, are Overmanned, the Engineering Staff on the Ground have been put under tremendous pressure, dealing with the Post Flood issues.
Those 1500 Job Cull, needs to start @ the Top Down as I Said, then work in Association with the Local Drainage Boards, in a co- operative way, for the Good of our Sedgemoor Residents.
The 20 year Plan put forward needs to be Scrutinised, so to ensure the best Outcomes, in a structured Time scale.
You accuse me of having a irrational hatred towards the Environment Agency, well, all I and many want to see is accountability !!! Resources Spent Wisely,
Not Frittered Away on Wetlands and Habitats for Beetles, etc.
Finally, just wait and see as to the Final cost of this debacle, how many Millions of Pounds will it be £100- 500 Millions.
Against £5million to Dredge in the first instance !!!!, with perhaps ongoing 1-2 Million annually.
£5 Million from how much Was the Environment Annual Budget. ????
David L Preece
Blue-Owl.
[quote][p][bold]Bridgy old Boy[/bold] wrote: It really is disappointing when an individuals dislike of and for an organisation almost to the point of irrational hatred clouds their judgement. What is clear no one can confidently predict that all the dredging in the world would have stopped the culminative build up of the worst winter rainfall for 250 years that led to the nightmarish floods. What is clear however is that the cuts to the EA's budgets so happily administered by all the County's MP's did contribute to a reduced programme of maintenance which may of increased the chance of flooding. If anybody needs to be admonised it is our hand wringing finger pointing MP's who spend a great deal of time trying to divert blame.[/p][/quote]Bridgyoldboy, you seem to imply that the Cuts to the Environment Agency, were so Draconian, that they had No Resources to administer their remit with, As you well know, it's all about using the resources available to deliver !!! Every Authority, Administration, Non Governmental Department, has had to reduce its spending, following the Last Labour Governments Total mishandling of the UK Budgets, spending money like a Man/ Woman with no arms as the Saying goes !!! They wasted Monies on creating Wetlands, and Bird Sancturies, ahead of ensuring the Residential Populations habitat was secure. The Environment Agency's total refusal to Dredge the Rivers, despite the 2012/13 floods, which were deemed to be a 1/100 year freak occurrence . So when the Consortium of Drainage Boards, in their appraisal of the Floods in their Report to Government in Feb 28th 2013, recommended that the Rivers Parrett and Tone, needed to be Dredged, to bring its Capacity back to Post 1960's, which would be almost a Third More Volume Capacity. Did they do this, No the E Agency knew better, siting their well trodden MYTH that the Silt and Sludge was Contaminated, so dredging was not allowed under some EU Dictat !!!. Now, we know that they have Lied, the Silt / Sludge/ Mud/ Grit is free from Contaminates, and in any case each Stretch would have had to be Tested before removal and either spreading on the the Nearby fields, as good Nitro-enriched, or to Strengthen the Defences. For 10 years, they Lied to Committee Members, myself included.... Even now they are only going to Dredge either side of BurrowBridge, as they the EA still promote that Dredging is not the Answer, it isn't on its own, but combined with new pumps being installed, to remove the Surface Fluvial, rainfall quicker, so as the FLOODPLAINS do what they are designed to do ! Hold water for a minimal time, whilst pumps drain from the Flood Plains into the Stowey & King Sedgemoor Drain. Not, as happened this year again, they lowered the Stillway, from the Tone which, allowed Millions of Gallons / Litres onto the Moors and Levels, inundating farm land and Villages and Hamlets, homes and businesses for 2-3 Months since before Christmas 2013. Who knows, how much of the misery, could have been avoided, had they done the Preventative River Dredging, certainly the Consortium of Drainage boards, reccommendation to Dredge was ignored, this would have meant that The Parretts capacity would have been as it was post 1960, by a third in volume. We have all said, that you can not get a Quart into a Pint Pot, a point Made by Tony Bradford @ the 28 February 2014 Enquiry to Government, on behalf of the Residents and Farmers around Moorland, in his role as Chairman of the Drainage Boards. The Committee also were told that Preventative work was needed, not retrospective work, to repair damage already done. The Environment Agency, are still not, at present preparing a Schedule of work to dredge the entire length, from the Estuary mouth @ BOS up to Langport, with re dredging done year on year as required to stop the Silts re-occurance.Years 2-5 : Then, the Dunball Sluice, must be The 2 Nd phase work to be implemented, Not turbines, as the Cost would out way the benefits. More important, to construct a roadway to Hinkley C from Dunball, thus avoiding all the Extra traffic assoc, with this the largest construction project in Europe. For Min 10 years. They have spent some £18 Million on Transport vehicles, instead of leasing Their Personal Salaries, and Numbers of Staff in the Offices, are Overmanned, the Engineering Staff on the Ground have been put under tremendous pressure, dealing with the Post Flood issues. Those 1500 Job Cull, needs to start @ the Top Down as I Said, then work in Association with the Local Drainage Boards, in a co- operative way, for the Good of our Sedgemoor Residents. The 20 year Plan put forward needs to be Scrutinised, so to ensure the best Outcomes, in a structured Time scale. You accuse me of having a irrational hatred towards the Environment Agency, well, all I and many want to see is accountability !!! Resources Spent Wisely, Not Frittered Away on Wetlands and Habitats for Beetles, etc. Finally, just wait and see as to the Final cost of this debacle, how many Millions of Pounds will it be £100- 500 Millions. Against £5million to Dredge in the first instance !!!!, with perhaps ongoing 1-2 Million annually. £5 Million from how much Was the Environment Annual Budget. ???? David L Preece Blue-Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

9:52am Mon 28 Apr 14

Blue Owl says...

Unless your Headline Story is incorrect, in its DATE March 2015 ???. Then it goes to show how utterly incompetent the EAgency is !!!. Why and How can it take that long to determine as to the Course of Action to follow and Instigate, before this Autumn -Winter Period 2014 .
With all the Data and Local Information available, from all the Partner Agencies, it is Seriously Unbelievable that this Incompetent Authority E Agency, can be allowed to Mishandle the Funding Allocations.
But, if you read the Posts from ' BridgieOld Boy ' I am Wrong to Criticise, and Challenge this Incompetant process !!!
I do not Think So !!! And I will continue to raise my Opinion, until, our Rivers, Moors Levels, are Managed Correctly, by Say The Consortium Of Drainage Board Teams. With the Proper Funding to enable the Preventative work to be Carried Out, as it should.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Unless your Headline Story is incorrect, in its DATE March 2015 ???. Then it goes to show how utterly incompetent the EAgency is !!!. Why and How can it take that long to determine as to the Course of Action to follow and Instigate, before this Autumn -Winter Period 2014 . With all the Data and Local Information available, from all the Partner Agencies, it is Seriously Unbelievable that this Incompetent Authority E Agency, can be allowed to Mishandle the Funding Allocations. But, if you read the Posts from ' BridgieOld Boy ' I am Wrong to Criticise, and Challenge this Incompetant process !!! I do not Think So !!! And I will continue to raise my Opinion, until, our Rivers, Moors Levels, are Managed Correctly, by Say The Consortium Of Drainage Board Teams. With the Proper Funding to enable the Preventative work to be Carried Out, as it should. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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