Flood: Guarantees are required

I write in support of last week’s letter from Paul Christensen regarding the number of proposed developments around Morpeth town centre.

A vast amount of work, and £26m plus of taxpayers’ money, has been invested in the development of our Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The word “alleviate” means to lighten or mitigate — not prevent.

Can Northumberland County Council’s planning department, Northumbrian Water and the developers of the proposed estates ‘guarantee’ that the Victorian drainage system running through the town, the SUDS proposed and additional surface water run-off will not put the residents of the town at increased risk of flooding?

If they cannot make such a guarantee, then the council should not grant any further planning permissions until they can.

Lynda Martin

Morpeth Flood Action Group