Flooding in Kent: is enough being done?

PUBLISHED: 09:01 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:01 10 December 2014




Conference will look at effectiveness of flood defences

Flooding in Kent and whether enough is being done to prevent it will be the subject of a conference next year.

Kent County Council and the Kent branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England are organising the conference, which will focus on the lessons learned from last year’s floods, how effective flood prevention has been this winter and what else can be done.

It will take place in Maidstone on February 6. Speakers will include Ashford MP Damian Green, Kent County Council leader Paul Carter and Yalding parish council chairwoman Geraldine Brown. There will also be representatives from the Environment Agency and the Climate Change Council.

The Government announced last Wednesday that it was providing £2.3 billion for flood defences.

CPRE vice-president Richard Knox-Johnston said: “We welcome the recognition that flooding must be addressed and will closely monitor how effective the flood defence schemes are.

“We question whether this will be enough as we understand it is not new money and maintenance is as important as capital projects.

“We understand why the Government has areas of high population as a priority, but the protection of farmland should be recognised too because the economy depends on our agriculture.

“We must also highlight the danger of building on floodplains and ensure that proper planning controls are in place to minimise the risk to householders.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Kent News visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Kent News staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Kent News account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

Yesterday, 16:39

A planning application was meant to be submitted by the end of this year but has now been delayed until the spring

Yesterday, 13:22

Gravesham and Thanet haven’t settled any under the scheme so far, but have committed to do so by 2020

Yesterday, 11:54

The Margate park’s showpiece ride was temporarily out of action due to maintenance work

Yesterday, 08:51

Terrence Matthews pleaded guilty to his charges

Digital edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
Kent Life Food & Drink awards 2016. Open for entries.

Most read

Local business directory

Kent's trusted business finder