Independent Flood Inquiry would "safeguard Aberconwy against growing climate change threat"
Following severe flooding across North Wales over the past twenty-four hours, the Welsh Conservative Prospective Welsh Parliament Member for Aberconwy – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has renewed her calls for the Welsh Government to facilitate an independent inquiry into local flooding events.
Mrs Finch-Saunders has been a vociferous campaigner on flooding issues, compiling annual reports to ensure that changes are enacted. In her time as the local Member of the Welsh Parliament, she also urged the devolved administration to review the effectiveness of S.19 Flood and Water Management Act 2010 reports, with statutory time limits imposed on the publication of these investigative documents. These reports provide recommendations designed to mitigate the future risk of such incidents.
Commenting, Janet said:
“Sadly, Christoph is yet another storm which has hit close to home for many of my constituents. Whilst I welcome the fact that homes seem to have gone unscathed in Llanrwst, it is tragically sad to see the anxiety caused to many local residents.
“I am also most sad to see that Gwydir Castle, the renowned attraction and garden of historical significance in the Conwy Valley, was once again hit by serious flooding after being badly affected by Storms Dennis and Ciara last year.
“For these reasons, I have renewed my calls for an independent inquiry into local flooding events; a step which would help to ensure that there is a shift in the Welsh Government's approach, from reactive to preventative.
“These instances of flooding are happening far too often, making plain the true threat of climate change to the towns and villages of Aberconwy. As projections suggest that Wales can expect a greater frequency of extreme weather events, we must look to better safeguard our vulnerable residents.
“If the Welsh Government is serious about its commitment to proactive community engagement as a means of developing local flood prevention strategies, I urge them to review and implement the proposals that I have repeatedly put forward. The time for action is now.”