Thursday, 24 January 2008

Disgusted at being locked out from Flooding Inquiry

Below is a selection of letters from today's Lincolnshire Echo, including one from Giles McNeill (first), Nettleham Ward candidate for West Lindsey District Council.

Following on from the report (January 21) 'Opening the floodgates' - Nettleham was once again on alert as the waters of the beck rose.

As a parish councillor in the village, I know the misery this has caused residents of the village.

Therefore I joined the Conservative councillors and numerous members of the public from across West Lindsey outside the new Guildhall in Gainsborough to protest at the exclusion of councillors and the public from the 'citizens' jury'.

On January 10 the council's own website had an introduction to "the public inquiry into the June 2007 flooding" by Councillor Reg Shore, the Liberal Democrat leader of the council.

I was shocked and disgusted when I and other West Lindsey residents were told we could not even watch events!

The summer flooding of 2007 affected families across the district from Nettleham all the way to Scotter, north of Gainsborough.

I think Coun Shore really should stop pretending that this 'public inquiry' is anything more than a publicity exercise.

GILES McNEILL Nettleham parish councillor.
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Can we all remember not so long ago the heatwave we were having and how hosepipe bans where in operation?

It caused so much damage to crops and farmland and many of the country's young and old found it difficult to cope with the high temperatures burning down on our heads.

Now the floods are here again. Maybe we prayed a bit too hard for rain!

NICK McGUIRE Bracebridge Heath.
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I feel sorry for people who live at Shuttleworth House and in that area of Lincoln.

The way the weather is going, flooding is likely to happen again.

Hopefully we will be well prepared next time round.

JODIE-ANN SIDEBOTTOM Lower Church Road, Skellingthorpe.
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In the Echo there was the headline 'In Deep Water'. Comments under the Grapevine heading (January 17) told of a ditch in Cranwell collecting rubbish and debris.

While travelling around the county and Nottingham recently, I did wonder whether the field drainage ditches and major drains are kept as clear of vegetation and other debris as they once were.

In the last few days many were very close to overflowing and filled with swirling, muddy water.

Who exactly is required to regularly maintain these drainage ditches? And indeed is this done on a regular basis?

With regard to the report (January 15), 'Flawed planning report attacked', I would condemn the statement that Lincoln's economy could face years of decline if the Government prevents a massive development going ahead.

I am of course referring to the proposed, and I believe ill-thought out, development of Swanpool.

I fear that the councillors and planners at the city council are totally at fault for even thinking of any development on a flood plain (I have seen what can happen to such an area, in West Sussex in 1979).

The historic term "Swanpool" must surely indicate what has happened in the past and may well happen in future years.

I for one would never consider buying a property, or investing in a business development on what the Environment Agency considers to be an area at risk from flooding.

If flooding does happen we can be sure that the city council will not fork out any compensation for damage and it would doubtless be uneconomic to provide household or other insurance policies to either households or businesses located on that site.

A. M. WADDINGTON Viking Way, Metheringham.

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