Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland including Keswick has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs urging the government to take urgent action to reduce the flooding risks facing Copeland and Keswick.
Following last year’s devastating floods, the Copeland MP called on Government to apply for EU Solidarity Funding to support those affected, and Government eventually agreed to this.
Jamie Reed continues to ask Parliamentary Questions to Government to ensure that the monies, if awarded, will go directly to those communities affected.
Jamie Reed’s letter follows his recent ‘flood risk walkabout’ in Keswick, alongside the Keswick Flood Action Group and the Town Council, during which he listened to local concerns about future flooding.
During the visit, the Copeland MP pledged to lobby the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to put measures in place to prevent future devastating flooding in Keswick and those other areas in his constituency which are also subject to flooding. In addition to writing to the Secretary of State, Jamie Reed has also tabled a Parliamentary Question inviting her to visit Keswick to meet with the Keswick Flood Action Group and the Keswick Town Council, to discuss the Government support needed to prevent future flooding.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“It is clear that Government must take meaningful action now to mitigate against the risks of future flooding which we know can devastate communities, families and businesses. We live in the Lake District – we’re no strangers to rain, but global warming and wetter winters mean that we are suffering from ‘once in a lifetime’ flooding far too often.
“I have invited the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, to meet with the Keswick Flood Action Group and the Keswick Town Council to discuss how she can best support the community by implementing much needed flood prevention measures.
“Moreover, I called for Andrea Leadsom’s predecessor to commission a Cumbria Infrastructure and Resilience group, to evaluate the response to flooding, learn lessons for the future and plan and fund the requirements and improvements that the county badly needs. I believe that Government must look at roads, land use, flood defences and more to ensure that they get this right for the people of Cumbria.
“If the Secretary of State is unable to visit and see the situation for herself, I hope to lead a local delegation to Westminster so that our concerns are heard, understood and acted upon”.