Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Citizens march against housing on flood plains

It's always cool when citizens take matters into their own hands to force their political reps to do the right thing. Here's a story from the BBC about residents of Tewksbury, one of the worst-hit towns by the recent flooding, marching to call attention to a policy which would allow new housing to be built on locations that the flooding showed to be at risk. Said one citizen,

It is a difficult problem, but it does need the government to look at the issue again to review its policy on building on flood plains because it just seems to the average person a nonsensical thing to do.
As it turns out, local planning committees need the agreement of the Environmental Agency before allowing new building where there is a risk of flooding.

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