Driffield Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is calling on MPs of all parties from the Humber Estuary region to work together to secure funding for the area’s flood defences.
The recent tidal surge flooding has highlighted the pressing need for two vital tasks to be completed to ensure local homes and businesses are as well protected as possible.
Councillor Fraser says there is no question that urgent Environment Agency works are needed to reinstate the damaged flood defences and that communities hit over the last few days deserve a proper response from the agency responsible for their defence.
Furthermore he urges MPs from all parties, on both sides of the estuary, to come together to exert pressure on the Government to put the finances in place to provide flood defences which are fit for purpose and for the future.
Councillor Fraser has written to local MP, Sir Greg Knight, asking him to pull together a meeting of all estuary MPs, along with Treasury and Department of Local Government Ministers, to explore how the funding can be provided to defend the Humber from a repeat of the recent event.
Councillor Fraser said: “The threats are well understood, the Environment Agency are well aware of what works need to be done.
“Much of the funding is already in place and it is important that we all work closely to ensure homes and businesses are protected for the long term in the Humber Region.
“My hope is that we can all convince the Treasury that continuing to fail to fund the required Environment Agency works is not acceptable to people who live and work in the Humber Area.”