MP quizzes Minister over Fylde farmland protection

MARK Menzies MP is to meet with the Floods Minister over issues with drainage and waterlogged farmland in rural Fylde.

The meeting comes after Mr Menzies asked for Government support during Environment, Food & Rural Affairs questions in the House of Commons.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Rory Stewart MP, acknowledged Mr Menzies important work on the issue and agreed to meet with the Member of Parliament and the Environment Agency to see what more could be done.

Mr Menzies told the House of Commons: “I thank the Minister for the work that the department is doing with the flood protection schemes in Fairhaven in my constituency.

“Fylde also suffers from inland flooding, so will the department consider schemes to alleviate the flooding impacting on high-quality farmland in Fylde?”

The Minister replied: “My hon. Friend raises an important point.

“I am glad that he recognises the work that has already been done along the Fylde coast, which is one of the top six projects for the Environment Agency. Nearly £80m has been spent on protection along the Fylde coast.

“On farmland, the Dock Bridge pumping station and the work that my hon. Friend has done with farmers in situ are extremely important and I look forward to meeting him and the Environment Agency.”

Following the session, Mr Menzies said flooding costs farmers in Fylde a small fortune in lost revenue every year.

He added: “Living in an area of flatland, any issues with drainage can see sitting water become a major problem for farmers in the area.

“The problems with Main Drain in east Lytham are well documented and local producers view periods of heavy rainfall with trepidation as to what it will cost their businesses.

“I know the Environment Agency is keen to undertake work which will help alleviate the issues with Main Drain and the Dock Bridge pumping station and I have written a letter of support to go with the business case for that project.

“However, I was also keen to make sure the Minister is on board when it comes to funding such work.”

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