[G]reen Party candidate for the Copeland Parliamentary by-election Jack Lenox brought the Party’s Deputy Leader, Amelia Womack to Keswick on Monday to highlight flood concerns of local residents. He arranged for Amelia to head out to Low Briery to meet with Keswick Flood Action Group Chair Lynne Jones and Mayor of Keswick David Burn, and see first hand some of the issues faced.
Lynne outlined the history of the problems here, her concerns at the responses of United Utilities, the Environment Agency and other stakeholders, as well as voicing her ideas of how to adequately resolve the issues.
Amelia said, “I am impressed by the level of work undertaken by the Group and at the detailed response they are putting forward to try to prevent this happening again. The Green Party approach is a long term one with regard to slowing the flow, better soil management, providing natural soakaways and rewilding. In addition we look at short term fixes, of which releasing built up water levels from reservoirs is a crucial part, along with modifications to bridges and ways of easing the river’s flow when it is at high levels.”
Jack said, “It was great to bring Amelia and Keswick Flood Action Group together. The experience and expertise of both on the issues around flooding made for an interesting, detailed and constructive meeting. I felt that Amelia went away with a strong idea of the solutions Lynne and her colleagues are pressing for. I’m also sure that Amelia impressed the Group with her grasp of the issues and her familiarity with policy issues that need addressing to help communities like ours.”