Labour’s South West European Parliamentary candidate, Clare Moody, called for the Government to help residents with an urgent application to the European Union’s Solidarity Fund. Weeks after unprecedented rainfall and major flooding is ruining homes and the livelihoods of Somerset residents, the area is still waiting for a clear course of action from the Government. So far, the response to the wettest winter on record has been chaotic and slow with Ministers more interested in finding someone to blame than taking positive action.
Clare Moody said: “The EU is there at times like this with cash to rebuild infrastructure, including waste water and transport. Instead of trying to cover up the cuts that have have been made to flood defences since 2010 the Government should be focusing on getting lives back to normal, and that includes getting EU funding for immediate support and investing in long term solutions to prevent flooding in the Somerset Levels on this scale again.”
Cllr Mick Lerry, Leader of the Labour Group on Sedgemoor District Council and Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset, added: “Eric Pickles MP has now apologised to the communities on the Somerset Levels for the flooding and promises have been made about future funding. Now is the time for a comprehensive programme to be put in place, which will involve dredging, the building of the River Parrett Barrage and the managing of future flood events. European money will be helpful to achieve the necessary infrastructure work to be put in place, due to the impact of climate change.”