MEP calls for increased dredging of rivers around the Ouse Washes in Cambridgeshire

09:27 13 February 2014

Vicky Ford MEP for the East of England.

Vicky Ford MEP for the East of England.

Archant

East Anglia MEP Vicky Ford has added her voice to that of local MPs campaigning for increased dredging of rivers around the Ouse Washes.

Norfolk MP and and Eastern region MEP in joint talks to try and resolve flooding delays through Welney. Left: Cllr David Pope, Cllr Fred Yeulett. MP Elizabeth Truss.
Cllr Vivienne Spikings. Cllr Will Sutton and Vicky Ford MEP for East of England.Norfolk MP and and Eastern region MEP in joint talks to try and resolve flooding delays through Welney. Left: Cllr David Pope, Cllr Fred Yeulett. MP Elizabeth Truss. Cllr Vivienne Spikings. Cllr Will Sutton and Vicky Ford MEP for East of England.

She has written to the Environment Secretary Rt Hon. 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 I Ford met with local residents in Welney where the A1101 is regularly closed due to flooding,” she said.

“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 to resume and for local measures to improve access including electronic warning signs.

Mrs Ford said she met Cambridgeshire County Council leader Martin Curtis last month and urged him to get the signs connected as soon as the weather conditions allow. She intends to visit Welney again on March 20.

She 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.”

0 comments

More news stories

7 minutes ago
Opening of the Sutton to Ely cycleway at the Wentworth junction of the A142. 
This is the one the local cycling campaign group campaigned for. Picture: Steve Williams.

It has caused frustration for motorists as work progressed, has cost £400,000, and was the fruition of a long campaign.

Chloe Dubberley

The family of a teenager who suffers with chronic fatigue syndrome and hyper mobility are hoping to raise funds for a hydrotherapy pool to help alleviate her pain.

 BBC FA cup final fans choir.

An amateur chorister from Sutton took to the hallowed Wembley turf on Saturday to sing at the FA Cup final.

East Cambridgeshire District Council.

A charity set up to fund and support education in Little Downham has submitted plans that could see it expand its property portfolio.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition today E-edition