If ever a picture typified the selfish, greedy and altogether blinkered thinking of a government who hasn’t got a clue about running a countries infastructure …. could this be it?
The causes of major flooding, such has been witnessed in this country over the last decade are many and varied, but one of the primary causes, (and one that has scarcely been mentioned by the government or the mainstream media in any depth) is the totally irresponsible, and contemptuous manner in which many of the nation’s ‘Flood Plains’ have been utilised for building homes.
More than 200,000 homes were built on flood plains between 2001 and 2011, and following legislation introduced by the Tory/Lib Dem coalition government and strengthened by the current Tory incumbents – it is now even easier for councils to approve planning applications in ‘risky’ areas.
In 2011, the coalition government relaxed planning rules, which meant that local councils had no obligation to report cases where they purposely ignored the advice of the Environment Agency and Conservation groups whenever concerns were raised.
Floodplains are, by their very nature, low-lying, flat lands adjacent to rivers, lakes and oceans and of course, are subject to periodic flooding. They are created when a river or stream breaks its banks, and over many years, the deposits of silt gradually build up and create a ‘floor’, which becomes a natural place for a river to dissipate it’s energy during excessive periods of rainfall.
If this entirely natural process is interfered with, by building housing for example, land which previously absorbed the rising water levels which accompany periods of prolonged and/or rainfall, cease to function as it should and the water will accumulate elsewhere.
Architects say it’s possible to build homes which will resist flooding, but they come with additional costs, which many greedy developers refuse to meet, and will purposely ignore the risks completely to build homes which they know are not safe from flooding, but are certainly safe in the knowledge that the government and its various agencies – will allow them to do it.