Flooding is a huge challenge in large parts of our area, with Lancaster and Galgate experiencing serious flooding incidents in recent years.
Today I was pleased to catch up with Andy Brown, the Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager for Lancashire, along with his colleagues Richard Crompton (Regeneration Manager) and Gary Bowker (Project Manager) from Lancaster City Council.
I was pleased to see where the new and much needed Caton Road flood defences will be built. This will go so far in protecting businesses on the Landsil Industrial Estate from the devastating flooding experienced in Storm Desmond. This was only made possible because of the coming together of local councils, the Environment Agency, private businesses and the European Union funding a scheme which I was told would be almost impossible to fund back in 2015.
I also raised residents’ concerns about flooding throughout Lancaster and Fleetwood, and was pleased to learn that the Environment Agency are continuing to work with Flood Action Groups to identify and support what steps can be put in place to minimise flooding of homes and businesses.
As our environment continues to change as a result of the climate emergency it is vital that the Environment Agency have the resources to protect homes and businesses. I will continue working with Andy and his colleagues to deliver protection for people across Lancaster and Fleetwood.