How the EU, last Labour government and Environment Agency agreed a plan to let the Somerset Levels flood

Allowing the flooding of the Levels was a matter of EU policy, introduced by a 2007 Directive and consciously adopted by the Environment Agency in 2008, which then sought to increase the frequency of flooding in the area.  Read on…

Brought to us courtesy of the EU, Greens, last Labour Gov't and the Environment Agency

Brought to us courtesy of the EU, Greens, last Labour Gov’t and the Environment Agency

As Richard North reveals on EU Referendum:

Unacknowledged by either government, the media or even Chris Smith in his current diatribe, this policy was given legislative force, not by the Westminster parliament but by an EU directive 2007/60/EC of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks.

There, in recital 14, we saw spelled out the requirement that flood risk management plans should focus on prevention, protection and preparedness. But, “with a view to giving rivers more space, they should consider where possible the maintenance and/or restoration of floodplains, as well as measures to prevent and reduce damage to human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity”.

There, writ large, was Defra’s “making space for water” policy and all that was needed for an already Green-dominated Environment Agency to abandon the Somerset Levels.

There’s more besides in the post, including how all this came into being, and the warnings of what was to come.  It really is a must read, particularly for journalists and those who like to comment on threads on the lamestream media’s websites.

12 Responses to “How the EU, last Labour government and Environment Agency agreed a plan to let the Somerset Levels flood”

  1. 1 Chris Wintle 04/02/2014 at 11:09 am

    Guess that shows the corrupt EU and also the fact that the Greens leader is against river dredging as was said on television last sunday

  2. 2 Sceptical Steve 04/02/2014 at 11:22 am

    I saw Chris Smith’s incredibly complacent performance on Breakfast TV this morning.

    Asked repeatedly about whether he’d seen or planned to see the Somerset floods in person, he made it embarrassingly clear that he didn’t regard his chairmanship of the EA as implying any commitment to actually speak to the people affected by his organisation’s ineptitude. As tax payers, I feel no commitment to continue to pay the wages of this ineffectual failed politician.

    Sadly, the ptb would inevitably replace him with Tim Yeo!

  3. 3 DICK R 04/02/2014 at 2:48 pm

    The property owners should sue the ecolunatics who are destroying their homes and livelihoods, the stench of the EU in this affair is unmistakable

  4. 4 Dave 04/02/2014 at 7:08 pm

    I’m guilty of commenting on the ‘lame street media’ sites and enjoy writing in the knowledge of accuracy and thruthfulness based on the excellent research and reporting by yourself (AM) and the iniquitous Dr North – however, increasingly, I find my comments censored – most recently when trying to illustrate the non-elected status of many of the EU leadership. The truth really does hurt the MSM. Anyone would think they had something to hide…..
    Anyway, I thank you for your good work and the incentive to get the word out (where I can).

  5. 5 Autonomous Mind 05/02/2014 at 4:03 pm

    Just a guess, but are you commenting on the Daily Mail site, Dave? If so, it’s a waste of time because of their rampant censorship of anything half accurate and detailed. They have an agenda and they reinforce it with cherry picked comments to a) bolster their chosen line, and b) make those who oppose them look like green ink scrawling nut jobs who deserve to be incarcerated.

    The BBC does the same thing when selecting interviewees. They find the most outrageous people they can who will undermine the opposition viewpoint with the viewers/listeners.

  6. 6 rjd hewitt 07/02/2014 at 4:10 pm

    first photo of extent of flood.
    reporters have made no attempt
    to map and inform on river system.
    why not ?

  7. 7 Laz 12/02/2014 at 12:54 pm

    “Make room for Water” .If this had been done by making more room in the rivers by dredging and clearing the debris in drains .Removing growth from the sides of the banks going down into the Water and promoting growth behind the tops of the banks binding a reinforcing the ground which would lead to a slow build up of the ground level then surely that would be a good idea . Repair and replacement with larger capacity Pumps would have helped .The cheapest option available was taken by doing less ,bottom line is we keep putting into government numpties who have no common sense as they are not common people .Demonise and Blame the EU ,EA or the government it makes no difference facts are no money no work done and that’s the cut backs on spending were ultimately the reasons . It is terrible how slow the response was to the flooding ,too little too late but not until these crisis occur do we really see how remote the powers that be are from the people and reality ,unless of course there is an election looming . If you want someone to blame then you are probably looking for some anonymous accountant in some backroom in Whitehall trying to produce unrealistic figures to suit the demands of the bull laid off on the voters by the Elected . So when the levels drop get stuck in and don’t let off till you are 100% satisfied with the result .

  8. 8 pentrich1817 12/02/2014 at 1:49 pm

    Well they are getting water cannons ready, they now have plenty of water, when does it all kick off??

    Lets get all of the B@st@rdts out and take OUR country BACK! BEFORE its too late!

  9. 9 sepi snake 14/02/2014 at 2:08 pm

    I see alot of comments regarding dredging etc well please read this link on how we advise the rest of the world on flood prevention yet don’t take our own medicine!

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