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1:03pm Sun 26 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

the government are probably thinking that if they leave the floods to continue, Devon Cornwall and Somerset will eventually be an island, then they can construct a bridge to a charge a toll to cross there! -
the government are probably thinking that if they leave the floods to continue, Devon Cornwall and Somerset will eventually be an island, then they can construct a bridge to a charge a toll to cross there! - nat_11
  • Score: 21

2:51pm Sun 26 Jan 14

St. Austell says...

This years serious flooding of the Somerset Levels demonstrates yet again policies driven by cost cutting resulting in poor maintenance of waterways.
In the past I recall seeing machines dredging waterways on the Levels in order to obviate major problems. Didn't see such operations in recent years. The result a major problem which will not be solved by conciliatory words alone from politicians who aren't really interested since the voters on the Levels can not themselves influence the result of the next general election.
This years serious flooding of the Somerset Levels demonstrates yet again policies driven by cost cutting resulting in poor maintenance of waterways. In the past I recall seeing machines dredging waterways on the Levels in order to obviate major problems. Didn't see such operations in recent years. The result a major problem which will not be solved by conciliatory words alone from politicians who aren't really interested since the voters on the Levels can not themselves influence the result of the next general election. St. Austell
  • Score: 12

8:33pm Sun 26 Jan 14

deanrc says...

Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.
Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives. deanrc
  • Score: 8

12:29am Mon 27 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

its a really sad article actually, thinking about it, in one column the papers stating that properties are worth nearly a million, but blatantly the people living in this area wouldn't be able to sell there properties, or they would be worth next to nothing from the damage that this is causing, its abhorrent ignorance by the people maintained the area before, it never flooded this bad three years ago, and now the area turned into a swamp!
its a really sad article actually, thinking about it, in one column the papers stating that properties are worth nearly a million, but blatantly the people living in this area wouldn't be able to sell there properties, or they would be worth next to nothing from the damage that this is causing, its abhorrent ignorance by the people maintained the area before, it never flooded this bad three years ago, and now the area turned into a swamp! nat_11
  • Score: 7

1:07am Mon 27 Jan 14

nat_11 says...

deanrc wrote:
Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.
a warm welcome to the secretary - that's a joke, I'd throw him in it, he probably thought that the dredging wasn't necessary in the first place, causing this!
[quote][p][bold]deanrc[/bold] wrote: Being from the west of the county I'm not overly familiar with all parts of The Levels but having walked up to Glastonbury Tor yesterday I have some idea of the sheer area the water covers. I can only echo other's thoughts that surely maintenance of rivers, ditches, drains has been neglected thanks to cost cutting - ultimately this cost cutting ends up costing more as prevention is cheaper cure. How can this country send endless millions in aid to war torn states or countries with their own space program when they turn a blind eye to their own? Charity surely starts at home? I send my best wishes to all affected by the floods and hope that you all give the Environment Secretary a 'warm' welcome when he finally arrives.[/p][/quote]a warm welcome to the secretary - that's a joke, I'd throw him in it, he probably thought that the dredging wasn't necessary in the first place, causing this! nat_11
  • Score: 7

7:49am Mon 27 Jan 14

deanrc says...

Nat_11 'warm' was meant very sarcastically, I share your sentiments completely. I'm sure he'll do a lot of hand wringing and hollow promises today
Nat_11 'warm' was meant very sarcastically, I share your sentiments completely. I'm sure he'll do a lot of hand wringing and hollow promises today deanrc
  • Score: 3

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