MEP adds voice to dredging campaign

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There have been renewed calls for increased dredging of rivers around the Ouse Washes.

East Anglian MEP Vicky Ford has added her voice to that of local MPs and wrote to the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson MP, asking for the East of England rivers to be considered in any Environment Agency review of dredging policy. This follows the recent announcements of a review on the use of dredging on the flooded Somerset levels.

Last year, Mrs Ford met with local residents in Welney where the A1101 is regularly closed due to flooding. There were growing concerns about the length of closures and locals pointed to the lack of dredging in recent years. Norfolk and Cambridgeshire MPs Elizabeth Truss and Steve Barclay have also called for dredging.

Mrs Ford said: “We have great sympathy for all those in the West Country who are suffering so much at the moment, but we must not allow the authorities to take their eye off the ball here in the East.

“Local people have been concerned about lack of dredging for the past few years. They were told that it is not an issue, but lessons from Somerset suggest otherwise. A rethink of dredging policy needs to encompass the East as well as the West.”