Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has written to the Minister responsible for flooding, calling on her to “reconsider the Abingdon Flood Alleviation Scheme” and warning that “the climate emergency must not be forgotten.”
In her letter, Layla says that “if we don’t sort flood defences in Abingdon as well as in South Hinksey, Yarnton, Begbroke and elsewhere ASAP we are going to face major problems in the coming months and years.”
The Abingdon Flood Alleviation Scheme did not go ahead previously due to increased cost projections from the Environment Agency. Layla said residents “felt ignored and overlooked”.
Layla Moran said: “Flooding is about the human cost, not just the economic cost, and the events of the last few weeks remind us that major problems on the scale of 2007 are more and more likely. The climate emergency must not be forgotten.
“With Local Plans in place that will deliver thousands of additional houses, we need to be investing now to keep new and existing homes safe. Residents deserve better, and they deserve to be listened to. “So I’m calling on the Government to reconsider the Abingdon flood scheme and work with our local councils and resident groups to make it happen. And if funding won’t be made available, they need to set out why this isn’t a priority.”