[diggers350] Thousands take part in Tewkesbury flood plain protest
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Mon Aug 20 22:56:12 BST 2007
Pity they didn't come to Heathrow, it would have made more publicity
for both causes.
On 18 Aug 2007, at 22:04, Tony Gosling wrote:
> Thousands take part in Tewkesbury flood plain protest
> INCLUDING Intl. Economic meltdown briefings
> March against flood-plain housing
> Residents of one of the worst-hit towns during last month's flooding
> crisis have staged a march against any plans to build on flood plains.
> Thousands of people walked through Tewkesbury in the rain on
> Saturday to
> urge the government to review its policy on such development.
> Organisers wanted to highlight the devastation caused by flooding.
> The government has not ruled out using flood plains under plans to
> three million new homes by 2020.
> The march began at 1400 BST and a moment's silence was held for
> those who
> lost their lives in the floods.
> It does need the government to look at the issue again
> Philip Workman Tewkesbury town councillor
> Tewkesbury resident Mary Daff, 59, told BBC News that her house had
> flooded and she was not expecting to be back in until December.
> "There has been a good turnout for the march and the mood is
> she added.
> Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged in Tewkesbury after the
> Rivers Severn and Avon burst their banks in July.
> Chuck Pavey, who sits on the town council, said: "Any change has
> got to
> come from the top down.
> "Ministers who say we shouldn't rule out building on the flood plain
> should come and live here.
> "There were over a thousand homes flooded here - many of them brand
> new -
> and some of the businesses will never reopen."
> 'Better alternatives'
> Town councillor Philip Workman added: "We have been through an
> awful time in Tewkesbury.
> "Many, many hundreds of people have been flooded out and it is a
> case of
> highlighting the fact that this is a very real problem for us."
> The government should think "out of the box" when considering
> building on
> flood plains, he said.
> "It is a difficult problem, but it does need the government to look
> at the
> issue again to review its policy on building on flood plains
> because it
> just seems to the average person a nonsensical thing to do," he added.
> In July, Housing Minister Yvette Cooper told MPs no new building
> take place in areas with severe flood risks, although the government's
> Housing Green Paper is less definitive.
> It says it should be avoided "if better alternatives can be found
> in the
> same area".
> Ms Cooper had earlier said some new homes would be built on flood
> subject to appropriate flood defences.
> A spokesman from the Communities and Local Government department
> "It is councils who decide whether to give planning permissions for
> housing developments, but we have introduced the strongest planning
> ever to ensure they properly manage the risk of flooding.
> "The new planning rules require councils to consult with the
> Agency before allowing new building in flood risk areas."
> Story from BBC NEWS:
> Published: 2007/08/18 14:52:05 GMT
> 5.27PM - THOUSANDS TAKE PART IN FLOODS PROTEST MARCH
> Thousands of people have taken part in a march in Tewkesbury to
> against any plans to build on flood plains.
> Residents and politicians braved the rain in the hope of persuading
> Government to review its policy on such developments.
> Current policy has not ruled out using flood plains in plans for three
> million new homes to be built in the next 13 years.
> The march began at 2pm with a minute's silence for the victims of
> the July
> For the full story, please see Monday's editions of the
> Echo and the Citizen.
> +44 117 944 6219
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