Much ink has been spilt on this issue but few seem to have understood the importance of the dead hand of the EU and of the UN’s Agenda 21 which have exacerbated the current problems. Just to give a couple of examples.
.. we hadn’t ”gold plated” EU Council Directive 1999/31/EC on the Landfill of Waste, not my words, but those of British Waterways who understand how difficult it is to dispose of dredging waste.
.. The Baroness Young of Old Scone, hadn’t become the Environment Agency’s new chief executive in 2002. She who had previously run the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Natural England, and was still a vice-president of the RSPB (a conflict of interest if ever there was one). Her aim was to promote the interests of wildlife, not of people, and stated that she wanted to see “a limpet mine put on every pumping station”. She proclaimed that one of her agency’s top priorities should be to create more “habitats” for wildlife by allowing wetlands to revert to nature. As she said, for “instant wildlife, just add water”. People of the levels, take note.
.. in 2007 we had fought against the floods directive (DIRECTIVE 2007/60/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 October 2007) on the “management of flood risks”, which required “flood plains”, in the name of “biodiversity”, to be made subject to increased flooding. Note, none of the political parties fought against this.
.. in 2008 The Environment Agency hadn’t implemented policy 6 of its own 275-page document categorising areas at risk of flooding, whereby, in the name of “biodiversity”, the policy was to “take action to increase the frequency of flooding”. The paper placed the Somerset Levels firmly under Policy 6, where the intention was quite deliberately to allow more flooding.
and several other actions to return the levels to flood plains, then the rivers would still be at their pre-1996 depths and would have allowed far far greater volumes of water to drain away from the levels, as they did under the old dredging boards.
.. far fewer homes, farms and businesses would be flooded.
.. flooded homes would not be flooded to the same extent.
.. flooding would have retreated sooner.
.. less damage would have been done.
”the current problems” would be far less injurious.
Some phrases are from:
North, Richard, Flooding: a synergy between “green” ideologues and Brussels, 13 February 2014
Today’s “enviro-crime” is litter and graffiti, but what is tomorrow’s: putting your bin out early maybe? This is a great initiative, but, for one brought up on “1984″ and during the “Cold War”, it is worrying to see this Orwellian language creep in to local politics. http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/9882202.Week_of_action_to_clean_up_the_town/
I’m just an ordinary Englishman, increasingly concerned at the erosion of basic freedoms and the all powerful, unaccountable EU Government. Sadly, the individual is no longer important to the British or EU governing elite. I’m only posting here occasionally now as there are so many excellent blogs around.