MP Victoria Atkins highlights local issues with first flood forum

MP Victoria Atkins has held her first ever flood forum to help address any concerns of residents living in Louth and Horncastle.

MP for Louth and Horncastle, Victoria Atkins recently held her first flood forum in the constituency.

Ms Atkins invited officials from The Environment Agency, Witham Third District Internal Drainage Board, Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board and Anglian Water to the forum which was held in Louth.

She also asked portfolio holders from Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council, to attend - along with members of the public.

The MP asked asked the various organisations to explain to residents the progress that has been made in protecting communities - and to answer questions from the public.

Ms Atkins said: “I am pleased that the flood forum received the support it did from local residents. Concerns about inland flooding, as well as other related issues, are raised frequently by my constituents.

“I decided to hold a public meeting, bringing together all of the experts involved in flood planning so that progress can be made to ensure those concerns are met by the organisations involved.

“The investment in the flood alleviation schemes in Horncastle and Louth are much needed - but we must not rest on our laurels.”

The Environment Agency gave a presentation on the much needed Louth and Horncastle flood alleviation schemes, which will cost £6.5m and £8.1m respectively, and will help protect the twotowns.

Concerns were raised that Lincolnshire County Council and Anglian Water - amongst others with a role in the flood alleviation process - did not always respond to every planning applicationwhen requested to do so by East Lindsey District Council.

Councillor Craig Leyland, Leader of ELDC, explained that this impeded the ability to review such applications properly. Ms Atkins went on to press County Councillor Colin Davey and Flood Risk Manager from Anglian Water, Jonathan Glerum, to commit their organisations to respond to planning applications as required.

Ms Atkins added: “I am particularly pleased Anglian Water and Lincolnshire County Council listened to the worries of residents and will act to help planning enquiries into large housing applications in the future.”