Neil Parish MP presses Government on flood defences

Neil Parish MP presses the Secretary of State, during his Statement to the House on winter flooding, to improve coastal flood defences and for dredging of rivers to help manage flooding.

Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): I very much welcome the Secretary of State’s comment that we need to protect both town and countryside. I believe that we have to force the sea back and keep it out, not retreat from it, as we have done for years. We need a tidal sluice on the end of the Parrett, and to make sure that we dredge our rivers, such as the Exe and the Axe. I really welcome today’s statement.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Mr Eric Pickles): It is important for us to emphasise that we should not just look after people who live in towns or rural areas, but ensure that agriculture can survive and thrive in rural areas, so my hon. Friend makes an absolutely excellent point.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2014, c450)