In response to David Lawn’s letter of May 11, ‘Loss sparls flood fears’ how right he is in that the government, Kirklees planners and the Environment Agency are all too ready to blame “global warming and environmental changes” for all their incompetent decision making blunders! Land is a natural sponge which allows a slow soak away.
About three years ago Hilary Benn (the previous government’s Minister for the Environment) said planning permission had now to be sought for any newly laid concrete or block paved areas. Oh yes, I believe that one!
Plus only brownfield areas could be used for new housing or industrial developments. The area David Lawn mentions is, or was, definitely green belt unless it’s now been re-classified.
Well-established Littletown dwellings are now being bombarded with information about “What to do in a Flood”.
We didn’t need this information until the powers-that-be decided to over develop the area without thinking through the environmental impact of their actions.
The only waterway within this entire area is Spen Beck (the River Spen), a Victorian waterway that last had flood alleviation work carried out in September 1988.
What I would ask is how to get a quart into a pint pot? Well, you can’t, it’s impossible.
Think of all the new housing developments in the river’s catchment area in the past 20 years, Bridon Wire fields, the Marsh ( where did that name originate? Oh yes, it once was a marsh, definition of boggy, waterlogged land).
Even Burnley’s mill land in Gomersal, now a vast housing estate, drains into the beck along with the extra lane of the M62 built how many years ago at Chain Bar.
Global warming my eye! Stop over building unnecessary housing, look on Rightmove, there are thousands of affordable housing for sale in the area, use the builders to improve the waterway’s capacity before our “green and pleasant land” are under several feet of water!