Stafford Proctor, NFU South branch chairman
Meanwhile, we await final confirmation from the Environment Agency for improvement to the flood protection defences for Wrangle and Old Leake. The project is fully supported locally, regionally and nationally. We are dusting off construction methods last used in the 1980s and still need to have plenty of lively debates about future methods used in defence improvements. It is promising to hear that government policy is now moving towards allowing local government to raise funds for the protection of their area. The devastating flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire shows we need to relearn the methods used successfully in the past – we need to ensure that the flood protection of people and communities is placed at the top of the political agenda.