This week in Parliament I again highlighted the urgent need to build our flood defences in order to protect our homes, businesses and communities.
The main focus of the opposition debate was to call on the Government to set up an independent review into the recent floods, but rather than a review we need action and investment in flood defence infrastructure.
Much of Runnymede and Weybridge is on the flood plain. We need to limit further development and protect the communities already there. Flooding is an increasing natural threat and the protections we need cannot be underestimated.
The River Thames Scheme promises to protect our homes and businesses. It will also provide a community asset of parks and paths. While it will still take many years to get it built work must get underway to get our defences built.
I will continue to work with the Environment Agency, DEFRA and other key stakeholders, including local authorities to drive this forward. We must now work together to deliver our flood defences and help turn disadvantage into opportunity.