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Is an EU law partly to blame for Britain’s floods?

Rescue workers help a lady and her dog from the floods in Carlisle, Cumbria. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Rescue workers help a lady and her dog from the floods in Carlisle, Cumbria. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire


THE public has suddenly been made aware of one of the most important factors concerning the disastrous flooding in certain areas in England – the complete lack of dredging in our waterways.

They have, over a great number of years, been allowed to silt up, thereby constricting natural drainage which has been recognised by landowners and farmers alike.

The reason, and the thousands of unfortunate people involved in this tragedy should take note, is a law passed by the EU in 2000 called the European Water Framework Directive.

The EU demands that rivers are kept in undisturbed natural conditions, transferring responsibility back to the farmers and landowners.

The sting in the tail is that no one is allowed to dredge without the permission from Environment Agency which is signed up to the EU green agenda, which very rarely allows dredging and, should it be allowed, the resultant sand, silt and gravel recovered must be labelled as controlled waste, so that it can no longer be left on the riverbanks.

Disposing of all this waste would be hugely expensive and who would shoulder the cost?

Considering that the rivers remain undredged the same catastrophic situation will occur year after year.

Barriers are not the answer, they just relocate the waters to other areas. The Government should now make clearance of waterways their first priority and apportion monies in that direction.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/letters/14200508.Is_an_EU_law_partly_to_blame_for_Britain_s_floods_/

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