Devizes MP calls for flooding action plan

MP Claire Perry

MP Claire Perry

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Devizes MP Claire Perry is calling for action after meeting villagers in Great Bedwyn and Enford affected by flooding.

At a well-attended flood group meeting in Great Bedwyn, Mrs Perry heard about the problems.

Roger Durie, the chairman of Great Bedwyn Parish Council, said: “We had a lot of water in Church Street, there were two or three homes affected and water got into the surgery, too.

“There’s an application with DEFRA to increase the size of the drains, because it’s difficult to do anything in the short term without sorting out the drains.

“We have a flood committee chaired by Maggie Dunn, whose home has been flooded two or three times.

“She’s been liaising with all the bodies, but is moving from the village.”

Work needs to be carried out with Network Rail on culverts and pipes, and improvements made in roadside and drain maintenance and flood protection measures within homes.

In Enford, residents told Mrs Perry water run-off from land behind the village, the emergence of springs with enough force to lift the road surface and under-capacity drains were problems.

Parish council chairman Ken Monk said: “There was about nine inches of water outside the Swan and you had to wear wellies to the pub.

"There are some homes where water comes up from the ground through springs and they have pumps, but there was nowhere for the water to go, so the main street had to be closed.”

Mrs Perry has contacted the Ministry of Defence and Wiltshire Council engineers to ask for an action plan.

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5:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

Nothing like jumping on the free publicity bandwagon is there. Now you are suddenly worried about the effects of flooding, gosh how caring.Perhaps you could find the time to talk to your constituents who have been affected by your half witted government's benefit cuts.
Don't bother the MOD or Network Rail go and ask Osborne when he is going to do what the Irish government is doing ie. Prosecuting bankers for fraud, it's not as if we are short of options lets see PPI, LIBOR,FOREX and the FTSE
Why don't you ask the cabinet of Wiltshire Council about roadside and drain
maintenance their 'allowances' include responsibility for ensuring that people are not flooded as a result of negligence.
Or do they just want the money without responsibility.
Nothing like jumping on the free publicity bandwagon is there. Now you are suddenly worried about the effects of flooding, gosh how caring.Perhaps you could find the time to talk to your constituents who have been affected by your half witted government's benefit cuts. Don't bother the MOD or Network Rail go and ask Osborne when he is going to do what the Irish government is doing ie. Prosecuting bankers for fraud, it's not as if we are short of options lets see PPI, LIBOR,FOREX and the FTSE Why don't you ask the cabinet of Wiltshire Council about roadside and drain maintenance their 'allowances' include responsibility for ensuring that people are not flooded as a result of negligence. Or do they just want the money without responsibility. kimcrawley
  • Score: 9

7:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Motorhead_UK says...

Gotta love safe seat politicians.

As much use as a lamppost painted blue.
Gotta love safe seat politicians. As much use as a lamppost painted blue. Motorhead_UK
  • Score: 6

12:39pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Moonraker47 says...

well said Kimcrawley,when our roadside ditches are taken out to their original depth of some twenty,thirty years ago,and land owners reinstate the drainage ditchches across their land the flood water should then reach the rivers which off course are very badly in need of dredging to to their ORIGINAL depth
Much money now needs to be spent to solve this on going flooding promlem,after years of neglect.
well said Kimcrawley,when our roadside ditches are taken out to their original depth of some twenty,thirty years ago,and land owners reinstate the drainage ditchches across their land the flood water should then reach the rivers which off course are very badly in need of dredging to to their ORIGINAL depth Much money now needs to be spent to solve this on going flooding promlem,after years of neglect. Moonraker47
  • Score: 10

4:37pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Friend of the People says...

Well said Kimm Crawley. Claire Perry is up to her old tricks again. She will be flying into flood zones in a helicopter next.
Must keep the publicity machine churning.
Well said Kimm Crawley. Claire Perry is up to her old tricks again. She will be flying into flood zones in a helicopter next. Must keep the publicity machine churning. Friend of the People
  • Score: 3

11:58am Sun 9 Feb 14

wakeupmarlborough says...

We are OK in Marlborough flood wise as all the potholes in the roads take any excess water. Money saved by Wiltshire Council by not dealing with potholes to pay for the ludicrous wage rises they have awarded themselves. No doubt they will soon be stood on the doorstep saying vote for us so we can continue looking after your interests. I'd better not write my reply!
We are OK in Marlborough flood wise as all the potholes in the roads take any excess water. Money saved by Wiltshire Council by not dealing with potholes to pay for the ludicrous wage rises they have awarded themselves. No doubt they will soon be stood on the doorstep saying vote for us so we can continue looking after your interests. I'd better not write my reply! wakeupmarlborough
  • Score: 4

12:37pm Sun 9 Feb 14

k10wen says...

Unfortunately, the likely hood of better drainage for rural Wiltshire is slim to non existent. If the water gets to the river Kennet faster, it will get to the Thames faster and flood the poor people of Surrey more often,

So instead of getting a changing in a 100 year flood risk in Wiltshire to a 1 in a 1000 year risk , drainage here in the upper catchment area will create a much higher flood risk downstream.

But agree with most... Will Claire Perry actually focus on something she an have an impact on in this parliament, such as the loss of another 170 WILTSHIRE Police officers, and not the easy quick politics for which she has become renowned!
Unfortunately, the likely hood of better drainage for rural Wiltshire is slim to non existent. If the water gets to the river Kennet faster, it will get to the Thames faster and flood the poor people of Surrey more often, So instead of getting a changing in a 100 year flood risk in Wiltshire to a 1 in a 1000 year risk , drainage here in the upper catchment area will create a much higher flood risk downstream. But agree with most... Will Claire Perry actually focus on something she an have an impact on in this parliament, such as the loss of another 170 WILTSHIRE Police officers, and not the easy quick politics for which she has become renowned! k10wen
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Friend of the People says...

Problem with the Perry woman is; who is within a chance of defeating her in 2015. As an earlier poster implied she is sitting on what is pretty much a safe seat.

No way are the Lib Dems in with a fighting chance - and after their reported poor performance at Wiltshire Council when it came to a vote on stopping the massive increase in councillors' allowance, no way should they be.

Labour still has to get its act together.

UKIP, for me that is a no, no. But come to think of it; if it defeats Madame Claire and gets Cameron out of Number 10, it might just be a bullet we will have to bite on. What do others think?
Problem with the Perry woman is; who is within a chance of defeating her in 2015. As an earlier poster implied she is sitting on what is pretty much a safe seat. No way are the Lib Dems in with a fighting chance - and after their reported poor performance at Wiltshire Council when it came to a vote on stopping the massive increase in councillors' allowance, no way should they be. Labour still has to get its act together. UKIP, for me that is a no, no. But come to think of it; if it defeats Madame Claire and gets Cameron out of Number 10, it might just be a bullet we will have to bite on. What do others think? Friend of the People
  • Score: 2

6:03pm Sun 9 Feb 14

wakeupmarlborough says...

UKIP may just be the kick up the backside our politicians and local councilors need. The three main parties all say they are there for the betterment of the electorate when they really mean for their own benefit as the continuous scandals prove. For the voters its having to choose the lesser of the three evils or not bother voting. Perhaps with UKIP there is an alternative which may or may not work but one good thing to come out of it is that the main three would seriously have to change their ways for the good of the people of this country.
UKIP may just be the kick up the backside our politicians and local councilors need. The three main parties all say they are there for the betterment of the electorate when they really mean for their own benefit as the continuous scandals prove. For the voters its having to choose the lesser of the three evils or not bother voting. Perhaps with UKIP there is an alternative which may or may not work but one good thing to come out of it is that the main three would seriously have to change their ways for the good of the people of this country. wakeupmarlborough
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Friend of the People says...

It is bit of a gamble with some of the wacky UKIP candidates you read about, but as wakeupmarlborough says it miight just be worth it, to get the "career politicians" to realise that they are ultimately accountable to the ordinary guys and gals. No seat should ever be thought safe. No MP should have a job for life.

Think I might just risk it.
It is bit of a gamble with some of the wacky UKIP candidates you read about, but as wakeupmarlborough says it miight just be worth it, to get the "career politicians" to realise that they are ultimately accountable to the ordinary guys and gals. No seat should ever be thought safe. No MP should have a job for life. Think I might just risk it. Friend of the People
  • Score: 2

8:33pm Sun 9 Feb 14

politepanda says...

So - After the hue and cry from the public - after the Red Cross arrive - a no-name low-rung local mp decides to get sympathetic. And asks for an action plan.
Too little, too late. Again.
So - After the hue and cry from the public - after the Red Cross arrive - a no-name low-rung local mp decides to get sympathetic. And asks for an action plan. Too little, too late. Again. politepanda
  • Score: 3

9:40am Mon 10 Feb 14

politepanda says...

politepanda wrote:
So - After the hue and cry from the public - after the Red Cross arrive - a no-name low-rung local mp decides to get sympathetic. And asks for an action plan.
Too little, too late. Again.
And of course - I'm assuming that she's raising the flag for all flood victims....wrong! Keeping it local and not upsetting her masters....
[quote][p][bold]politepanda[/bold] wrote: So - After the hue and cry from the public - after the Red Cross arrive - a no-name low-rung local mp decides to get sympathetic. And asks for an action plan. Too little, too late. Again.[/p][/quote]And of course - I'm assuming that she's raising the flag for all flood victims....wrong! Keeping it local and not upsetting her masters.... politepanda
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Yanziboom says...

Friend of the People wrote:
Problem with the Perry woman is; who is within a chance of defeating her in 2015. As an earlier poster implied she is sitting on what is pretty much a safe seat. No way are the Lib Dems in with a fighting chance - and after their reported poor performance at Wiltshire Council when it came to a vote on stopping the massive increase in councillors' allowance, no way should they be. Labour still has to get its act together. UKIP, for me that is a no, no. But come to think of it; if it defeats Madame Claire and gets Cameron out of Number 10, it might just be a bullet we will have to bite on. What do others think?
Deselect her! Only needs a couple of dozen Devizes people to join the Conservative party and another would be MP and she's out.
[quote][p][bold]Friend of the People[/bold] wrote: Problem with the Perry woman is; who is within a chance of defeating her in 2015. As an earlier poster implied she is sitting on what is pretty much a safe seat. No way are the Lib Dems in with a fighting chance - and after their reported poor performance at Wiltshire Council when it came to a vote on stopping the massive increase in councillors' allowance, no way should they be. Labour still has to get its act together. UKIP, for me that is a no, no. But come to think of it; if it defeats Madame Claire and gets Cameron out of Number 10, it might just be a bullet we will have to bite on. What do others think?[/p][/quote]Deselect her! Only needs a couple of dozen Devizes people to join the Conservative party and another would be MP and she's out. Yanziboom
  • Score: 2

2:54pm Tue 11 Feb 14

shed says...

The thing about voting UKIP is not that they could win a general election but a huge vote to put them in say 2nd place, or holding the balance of power would be such a shock and kick up the backside for the clique who govern that they might actually start to listen to the populace.

Only an MP fearful of losing its seat will listen to us.

Then again I am enough of a cynic to believe that any major upheaval against the 3 stooges set now in Westminster will just have them rigging the votes.
Far fetched? not at all remember the Irish EU vote?
The thing about voting UKIP is not that they could win a general election but a huge vote to put them in say 2nd place, or holding the balance of power would be such a shock and kick up the backside for the clique who govern that they might actually start to listen to the populace. Only an MP fearful of losing its seat will listen to us. Then again I am enough of a cynic to believe that any major upheaval against the 3 stooges set now in Westminster will just have them rigging the votes. Far fetched? not at all remember the Irish EU vote? shed
  • Score: 0

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