Weston MP John Penrose has welcomed the Environment Agency’s decision to re-consider their plans to flood land in the Wick St Lawrence and Kingston Seymour area. John has received a letter from Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon confirming that the plans are being reviewed after he and neighbouring MPs Liam Fox and Ian Liddell-Grainger raised concerns on behalf of local residents.
John said: “We all know that flooding is an issue in the area but local residents, particularly farmers and landowners, were extremely concerned that they hadn’t been properly consulted over the Environment Agency’s plans to let the sea reclaim perfectly good local farmland by deliberately breaching local flood defences.
“So I’m delighted that the Minister has now told the Environment Agency to go back to the drawing board, and to consult more closely with local communities and landowners over their plans in future. In particular, they would have to make sure that anyone being affected by any future plans is compensated. I think we can all be relieved that common sense has won the day.”