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A thread about what the Government are doing following Storm Dennis

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suziewoozie Mon 17-Feb-20 13:15:42

Er...

suziewoozie Mon 17-Feb-20 13:15:56

Maybe ...

suziewoozie Mon 17-Feb-20 13:16:19

Or this ?

suziewoozie Mon 17-Feb-20 13:16:33

And then..

suziewoozie Mon 17-Feb-20 13:16:58

Oh wait a minute ....

suziewoozie Mon 17-Feb-20 13:17:11

Hang on....

suziewoozie Mon 17-Feb-20 14:12:50

Oh come on, they must be doing something ...

varian Mon 17-Feb-20 18:02:08

They are recruiting more SPADs . Will that help?

Greta Mon 17-Feb-20 18:06:15

The will remind us how much money they have already invested - so stop moaning.

vegansrock Mon 17-Feb-20 18:37:00

But they haven’t cleaned up the rivers and waterways, or stopped cutting down trees or getting rid of sedge cutters.....

Labaik Mon 17-Feb-20 18:40:37

And they still allow people to build on flood plains don't they?

Urmstongran Mon 17-Feb-20 18:44:20

Yet people buy them. Crazy.

chocolatepudding Mon 17-Feb-20 19:15:00

OK I live next to a river in Suffolk. In May 2012 we had the worst flooding event in 30 years of living here.
Environment Agency did nothing
Local District Council did absolutely nothing apart from set up an emergency helpline manned by 2 people. They were considering taking over a community centre for people to stayin overnight
The County Council did nothing.
The only force to do something were the Police who nagged at the Environment Agency all day that homes were at risk of flooding so by the late afternoon the EA dispatched a lorry of sandbags for the community to use...providing you were strong enough to lift them in to a suitable vehicle...which I did helped by a neighbour with a proper Land Rover.
At a subsequent Parish Council meeting the representatives from the Local District Council where shouted down when they explained their "actions" - the famous quote was - "You have to know what you are doing with sandbags"

After 5 years of public meetings, consultants surveying the river etc what remedial works were done? NOTHING

Labaik Mon 17-Feb-20 22:38:28

Perhaps this country needs to create a sort of Home Guard trained up in the use of sandbags...…[my imagination is running wild at the moment]….

paddyanne Mon 17-Feb-20 23:36:29

The first minister visited people affected by floods today and promised help .As always it didn't make the news ,just twitter
One person who she spoke to said he had thought she was there to "bang the referendum drum" but she hadn't mentioned Independence just asked how she could help and what they needed in the immediate future to make life more bearable.#getting on with the dayjob

Grany Mon 17-Feb-20 23:48:06

@PeterStefanovi2
I shall tweet this every week until this shower of charlatans is thrown out of office. The single most important question every UK journalist should now be asking is what action should be taken against a Prime Minister caught repeatedly lying to Parliament

twitter.com/PeterStefanovi2/status/1229470882231439360?s=20

Grany Tue 18-Feb-20 08:35:42

Oh, it's jolly holiday for Johnson,
Never was his life so bright.

When the country needs a present PM,
Johnson hides, or runs or just takes flight....

HE DOESN'T CARE 😡

Boris Johnson stays in lakeside country manor instead of visiting flood victims

mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-flood-minister-squirms-over-21512539?111

suziewoozie Tue 18-Feb-20 08:44:55

Even if he didn’t visit ( and we know he won’t because he’ll be heckled and like all people of his type, he’s a coward - mind you there will be plenty of abandoned fridges for him to hide in) he could issue a statement, could publicly ask for an EA briefing, or a briefing from ABI or pledge some money . Just shoe he cares - as if

suziewoozie Tue 18-Feb-20 08:45:14

Shoe = show

varian Tue 18-Feb-20 19:10:29

Local Councils have suffered huge cuts to their funding in recent years and because they have certain statutary duties to maintain some services, others have fared much worse, particularly environment and planning. This chart shows the reduction in funding from 2010-2018. This has been a move by central government to weaken local government. It is time that these budgets were restored - a better use for the magic money tree than absurd £billion vanity projects.

aprilrose Fri 21-Feb-20 05:02:56

Well, where I live the council have been out cutting dangerous trees, dredging the ditches and generally preparing for the storms and clearing after each one. So it isnt all bad.

BUT we dont get anything else where I am. We get this because we kicked merry hell to the council and the MP when we were left flooded twenty years ago after they built houses on a flood plain and the water came on down like never before.

Now, despite government requirements they have curtailed building as most locals will put in objections if there are any planning applications for larger scale housing. We have flood measures and people kick to the local council everytime there is a blocked gully.

The council dont like it but we pay high council tax and a lot of people got fed up of it being spent on things for those who are in the minorities ( of all kinds , not just the obvious).

There has been a lot of controversy especially when some councilors were hounded by certain groups for saying what they thought but the bottom line here is COMPLAIN to the councilors, and vote the s*bs out if they dont start sorting the issues.

Yehbutnobut Fri 21-Feb-20 06:41:30

No sign of Boris, of course, but Jeremy is in Pontypridd yesterday.

Yehbutnobut Fri 21-Feb-20 06:41:44

..was..

Yehbutnobut Fri 21-Feb-20 06:45:00

aprilrose what exactly does your council spend on those ‘in the minorities’ [sic] over and above what it spends on you please? ’

suziewoozie Fri 21-Feb-20 08:46:44

Yes a bit of evidence would be nice april and who are ‘the obvious’ is this code for a certain group? I think we should be told.