Myself and Ros Berrington have been Monitoring burning activities on the Walshaw Moor Estate,we have photographed recent burning from boxing day onwards,but yesterday we witnessed an actual burn in progress.16 02 2016 we were walking up the main tarmac road were a track turns left alongside the plantation of Sutcliffe Rough at approximately 14 45 then an estate landrover passed us which drove up and across the reservoir viaduct that seperates Lower from Middle Walshaw reservoirs to the Eastern
Judging from the scale of the flooding in Calderdale, the lack of prior warning to local residents and businesses, and the way in which the flood crisis was handled on the ground as it unfolded at the time and subsequently, it would appear that the Environment Agency is not fit for purpose and is literally out of its depth. It doesn't appear to have the technical or organisational skills to analyse and tackle the key issues or the will or commitment to implement the necessary solutions.
It is vital that Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency and our local MP lobby the government and exert pressure on ministers now in the immediate aftermath of these devastating floods in order to secure the necessary funding for urgent flood prevention work over the coming months. They also need to obtain a cast-iron guarantee of adequate funding for longer term flood prevention schemes and maintenance programmes.
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