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Flooding consultation needs democratic engagement at every level - Mick Bates AM

July 15, 2009 4:54 PM

Commenting following the workshop on the Draft Flood and Water Management Bill in Llandrindod Wells this week, Montgomeryshire AM Mick Bates highlights that democratic engagement at every level is crucial if action on flooding is to deliver real improvements to flood management and reduce flood risk across Wales. Welsh Liberal Democrat Mick said: "I firmly believe that consultation at every level, with every community across Wales, is crucial if we are to ensure that the Draft Flood and Water Management Bill delivers real benefits to improve flood management and reduce flood risk across Wales. "This is why as part of the Sustainability Committee inquiry into flooding the Assembly bus travelled around Wales to listen to the views and experiences of individuals and communities from every corner of the country. In Montgomeryshire I was pleased to hold meetings in Tregynon and Bettws which are so often hit by flooding, to listen to the ideas and suggestions from local residents on the action that we need to reduce flooding in Wales. "Flooding affects so many individuals and communities across Wales so bringing legislation to the people is the way forward for the development of this policy. Identifying local organisations and excellent community projects is key and I hope that the Government will look to some of the great examples that we have in Wales such as the Pontbren land management scheme. "Better communication between the Environment Agency and Local Authorities is also crucial to relieve some of the causes of flooding. I hope that the consultation on the Draft Flood and Water Management Bill will see democratic engagement at every level so we can see effective action to reduce flooding in the future."