of Information request has exposed the extent to which government’s
spending on flood defences in Somerset had been
cut in the lead up last winter’s disastrous floods.
for flood defences for Somerset, Devon, Cornwall
and parts of Wiltshire fell from £45 million in 2010/11 to
£32 million for 2013/14 as part of the government’s
is obviously a PR hot potato for government and David Cameron has
said that “Money is no object” when helping those affected
by flooding last winter.
government has since announced that an extra £270m would be
made available nationwide to help clear up the aftermath of last
winter’s floods. How much of that could have been saved if
the budget had been protected, especially following the warning
given by the floods of the previous year?
Freedom of Information request which uncovered the spending cut
came from the BBC. Pictured are Bridgwater docks at high and low
tide this winter. No one I have spoken to can remember ever seeing
water levels this high.