Mackley has welcomed the findings of a report which urges the Government to invest in the upkeep of existing critical flood defenses, as well as investing in new defenses.
Published on 9 June, the Environmental Audit Committee report criticizes a ‘reactive approach to funding’ for flood defenses which it says exposes the Government’s lack of long-term strategic planning to manage flood risk.
The report also found that the condition of critical flood defenses is in decline, citing the independent Worsfold review which reviewed the maintenance of the Environment Agency’s flood and coastal risk management (FCRM) assets.
Commenting on the report’s finding, Tony Camilleri, Managing Director at Mackley, said: “We fully support the notion that long-term strategic planning is essential when it comes to reducing flood risk, and echo the Environmental Audit Committee’s call for more to be spent on keeping existing flood defenses up to the required standard.”
Tony Camilleri added that communities living with the threat of flooding need to be reassured that the Government is doing all it can to mitigate against the devastation that flood water can cause.