Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger looks for Dutch solution to flooding

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger looks for Dutch solution to flooding

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger looks for Dutch solution to flooding

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DUTCH government officials are to meet with Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger to discuss bringing engineers across from Holland to sort out Somerset’s flooding problems.

Mr Liddell-Grainger says using Dutch expertise to dredge rivers could form “the key element” in a package of proposals that will be put to Defra Secretary Owen Paterson for providing a long-term solution.

Farmers say they have contacted a firm of Dutch engineers, which has quoted £3.5 million for dredging the central section of the River Parrett - £1.5 million less than the Environment Agency says it would need.

Mr Liddell-Grainger said: “If this is a serious bid and the work can be done for that price and within the time scale then obviously it is worth pursuing.

“I shall be meeting Dutch government representatives in London and in Strasbourg and seeing if we can progress this issue as a matter of urgency.”

Mr Liddell-Grainger said he was convinced that if a proper management plan could be drawn up it would be accepted by the Government.

He added: “The important thing is that Owen Paterson came down here with an open mind and has been able to see at least some of the problems for himself.

“I am only sorry Mr Paterson didn’t have a chance to meet more local people but his schedule was extremely tight.

“I can assure everyone that he got the message: that we cannot allow this horrific mess to reoccur and that the problems will have to be tackled and cleared up before next winter.”

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2:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Frontier_Pharmacist says...

The Dutch are probably doing it cheaper as they won't care about the wildlife.
Maybe we should shove the MP's head in the hole rather than a finger :-)
Take a peek at the man made lake like thing down towards Steart, not much flooding going on there, its called a balancing pond near residential areas.
The Dutch are probably doing it cheaper as they won't care about the wildlife. Maybe we should shove the MP's head in the hole rather than a finger :-) Take a peek at the man made lake like thing down towards Steart, not much flooding going on there, its called a balancing pond near residential areas. Frontier_Pharmacist
  • Score: 1

1:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

RustyKnight says...

Can't believe our government are so stupid that they have to ask someone else how to do what is blatantly obvious to everyone in Somerset. They should be ashamed of themselves!
Can't believe our government are so stupid that they have to ask someone else how to do what is blatantly obvious to everyone in Somerset. They should be ashamed of themselves! RustyKnight
  • Score: 6

12:07pm Sat 1 Feb 14

British Independence says...

Boot out this Tory and vote in a UKIP MP. UKIP is the future for a FREE Britain.
Boot out this Tory and vote in a UKIP MP. UKIP is the future for a FREE Britain. British Independence
  • Score: -5

7:02pm Sat 1 Feb 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

UKIP!!!!
4 letters that should strike fear into every man, woman & child in this country. The "acceptable" arm of the BNP
UKIP!!!! 4 letters that should strike fear into every man, woman & child in this country. The "acceptable" arm of the BNP freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 6

1:34pm Mon 3 Feb 14

teslafanatic says...

Erm why can't Grainger meet the Dutch here in stead of him jetting off to Srasbourg at our expense, And where was he when Mr Pattison came down here, At home doing his expenses?
Erm why can't Grainger meet the Dutch here in stead of him jetting off to Srasbourg at our expense, And where was he when Mr Pattison came down here, At home doing his expenses? teslafanatic
  • Score: 2

3:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Mr_Opinionated says...

Maybe he would like to open his mind to some of the local cafe action to look for an alternative solution for the problem with the flooding. Typical politicians only looking after themselves and their ability to be seen to be doing the right thing in selfish self interest. Get the bureaucrats out of this as all they want to do is cover their arses, create committees and sub-committees and by the time anything comes out of the end it is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. What Somerset needs RIGHT NOW is ACTION not fannying about, dredge the rivers, maintain the water systems going forwards, curb the agricultural run off to help slow the silting in the rivers and re-plant trees and hedgerows to slow the water down. Some income from smaller plots of land divided by natures own flood defence systems, must be better than the current situation of farming a muddy puddle.
Maybe he would like to open his mind to some of the local cafe action to look for an alternative solution for the problem with the flooding. Typical politicians only looking after themselves and their ability to be seen to be doing the right thing in selfish self interest. Get the bureaucrats out of this as all they want to do is cover their arses, create committees and sub-committees and by the time anything comes out of the end it is about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike. What Somerset needs RIGHT NOW is ACTION not fannying about, dredge the rivers, maintain the water systems going forwards, curb the agricultural run off to help slow the silting in the rivers and re-plant trees and hedgerows to slow the water down. Some income from smaller plots of land divided by natures own flood defence systems, must be better than the current situation of farming a muddy puddle. Mr_Opinionated
  • Score: 2

8:19am Tue 4 Feb 14

breakdown says...

I see our local MP is at it again this morning rubbishing the Environment Agency, trouble is it's his government that have cut their budget by 30%.
In addition I didn't realise that he was a qualified water management engineer. I thought that he was a typical politician who just says the first thing that comes into his head.
Yes of course I feel sorry for those who are flooded but everyone who seems to understand the problem from a technical point of view say dredging is only part of the solution and as for his stupid comment on the Dutch I didn't think he wanted anything to do with Europe.
Liddel Gringer needs to stop talking about things he knows little about .
I see our local MP is at it again this morning rubbishing the Environment Agency, trouble is it's his government that have cut their budget by 30%. In addition I didn't realise that he was a qualified water management engineer. I thought that he was a typical politician who just says the first thing that comes into his head. Yes of course I feel sorry for those who are flooded but everyone who seems to understand the problem from a technical point of view say dredging is only part of the solution and as for his stupid comment on the Dutch I didn't think he wanted anything to do with Europe. Liddel Gringer needs to stop talking about things he knows little about . breakdown
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Mr_Opinionated says...

breakdown wrote:
I see our local MP is at it again this morning rubbishing the Environment Agency, trouble is it's his government that have cut their budget by 30%.
In addition I didn't realise that he was a qualified water management engineer. I thought that he was a typical politician who just says the first thing that comes into his head.
Yes of course I feel sorry for those who are flooded but everyone who seems to understand the problem from a technical point of view say dredging is only part of the solution and as for his stupid comment on the Dutch I didn't think he wanted anything to do with Europe.
Liddel Gringer needs to stop talking about things he knows little about .
Problem is if he stopped talking about the things he knows little about he would be out of a job LOL!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]breakdown[/bold] wrote: I see our local MP is at it again this morning rubbishing the Environment Agency, trouble is it's his government that have cut their budget by 30%. In addition I didn't realise that he was a qualified water management engineer. I thought that he was a typical politician who just says the first thing that comes into his head. Yes of course I feel sorry for those who are flooded but everyone who seems to understand the problem from a technical point of view say dredging is only part of the solution and as for his stupid comment on the Dutch I didn't think he wanted anything to do with Europe. Liddel Gringer needs to stop talking about things he knows little about .[/p][/quote]Problem is if he stopped talking about the things he knows little about he would be out of a job LOL!!!!!! Mr_Opinionated
  • Score: 5

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