FLOOD: Defences are too obtrusive

The most visible sign of Morpeth’s flood defence is its riverside walls. As a viable option, institutional looking barricades that serve to gut tourism and separate people from a source of appeal for living and working nearby seem as desirable as pebbledash on an ancient stone monument.

Businesses depend on riverside tourism. Rivers, identified with tranquillity and beauty, contribute to the overall attractiveness and morale.

Wouldn’t plastic walls, in riverside ditches, that inflate upwards as they fill with water be a cheaper, less obtrusive option?

For street-ends, ginnels, fences, and other openings, wouldn’t plastic walls that unfurl like fire hoses, or drop from overhead racks to be inflated with floodwater, be more effective than sandbags?

Aren’t there better ways of adapting to climate change than fortifying beauty spots like machine gun bunkers?

Just a thought, ever a grumbler.

Eric Gillespie