Commenting on her attendance at yesterday’s meeting with Flooding Minister Rory Stewart to establish the new Cumbria Floods Partnership, CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said that farmers and land managers have a key role to play in mitigating flood risk.
Miss Fairburn said: “Flooding events are becoming more frequent and will require a wide range of responses, from improved drainage to embracing more natural solutions, like flood alleviation.
“The CLA is calling on the Government to focus the Environment Agency budget on flood defences, both capital schemes and river maintenance, as well as give land owners a greater say in flood management.
“We urgently need to streamline the system under which farmers and landowners can apply to maintain their own defences to make it less cumbersome and bureaucratic.
“This new initiative is a great opportunity for farmers and landowners to work with their local communities to come up with long term solutions to ensure the dreadful scenes we have witnessed in recent weeks don’t happen again.”