Final plea for the SRA
As a zombie Parliament finally started to give up the ghost, in the last throes, gasping for that final breath, MP for Somerton & Frome, David Warburton made a speech in the House of Commons. It was on a matter dear to the hearts of many Somerset residents in a debate on the government’s Environment Bill. Having seen his own Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill thwarted in the House of Lords, he spoke passionately in favour of getting proper funding for the Somerset Rivers Authority.
Mr Warburton urged the government to include a provision in the Bill to put the SRA on a statutory footing. This he explained “is absolutely vital for Somerset, and will be a significant factor in protecting all of our region from future flood devastation.”
Ironically much now lies in the hands of the MP for Taunton, Rebecca Pow who rejoices in the title “the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.” Will she make the changes Somerset needs? That was unclear as we went to press.
And now a General Election looms too.