Mole Valley MP Sir Paul Beresford to wait until floods over before tackling Environment Agency

This Is Local London: Sir Paul Beresford, Conservative MP for Mole Valley, has pledged to review the flooding Sir Paul Beresford, Conservative MP for Mole Valley, has pledged to review the flooding

An MP who has promised to conduct a review into flooding on the River Mole said he is waiting until the current flood problems subside before quizzing the Environment Agency (EA).

Earlier this month Sir Paul Beresford, Conservative MP for Mole Valley, described the flooding as a "unique disaster" and pledged to work with Surrey County Council and the EA to review why flooding happened and how to prevent it.

But after Leatherhead flooded again at the weekend Sir Paul said it was too soon to tackle the EA about the problem or to speak to Gatwick Airport about rumours it had made the problem worse.

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He said: "I want to sit down with them in calmer, slightly less watery days and get to the bottom of a whole lot of things.

"I want to get everything organised and together and put these things to them. At the moment they have got their hands full with water everywhere.

"If you have got a disaster, the last thing people dealing with the disaster want is an MP asking them questions when they are dealing with the problem."

Sir Paul said there are a growing number of unsubstantiated stories - including barriers being put up downstream, the use of holding ponds at Gatwick and action by BAA - which he wants to raise with the EA.

Sir Paul said he would speak with the EA before deciding whether he needs to approach Gatwick Airport.

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He said: "If you are going to shoot from the hip, take the gun out of the holster otherwise you will get holes in your feet."

Sir Paul said he will also visit flood victims to discuss what insurance companies are doing and offer assistance if any refuse to pay out.

He said: "I will be going round houses particularly badly damaged to talk through with people what is happening."

He said that he would be "more than happy" to listen to and work with the Mole Valley Action Group, which is being formed by Leatherhead flood victim Nik Cookson.

Sir Paul said: "It’s deeply, deeply sad and this is why we are going to have to work towards improving the flood prevention."

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11:41am Tue 21 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

I am doubting this is a "unique disaster". Look back over the last 100 years and im sure you will see this has happened before, the problem this time is that land along parts of the river that would of previously taken a lot of the excess (flood plain type land) has concreted over and things like this now occur.
I am doubting this is a "unique disaster". Look back over the last 100 years and im sure you will see this has happened before, the problem this time is that land along parts of the river that would of previously taken a lot of the excess (flood plain type land) has concreted over and things like this now occur. EwellMan

4:41pm Mon 3 Feb 14

InsiderintheEA says...

Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://www.insidethe
environmentagency.co
.uk/
Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now: http://www.insidethe environmentagency.co .uk/ InsiderintheEA

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