EU dredging rules make effective flood prevention in Britain impossible

A letter to the Sunday Telegraph – 13th December 2015

SIR — It is not surprising that the rivers in Cumbria have flooded again (report December 6), so soon after the last inundation in 2009.

The Environment Agency cites all kinds of reasons for this. However, it neglects to mention that its policy is dictated by the EU Water Framework Directive, adopted 2000, which places constraints on the dredging of rivers.

Putting in flood defences does not infringe the policy, as long as the river is not dredged or embanked. Hence, for example,  the erection of expensive and ineffective glass panels on the wall next to the Greta river in Keswick. Here there has beenabsolutely no dredging of the gravel that has raised the river
bed considerably over the last decade.

There is nothing unusual about heavy rainfall in Cumbria;  what is unprecedented is the refusal of the authorities to dredge  the watercourses to carry it away.


Philip Walling
Belsay, Northumberla

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  1. Jason BarkerReply

    Very interesting comments from Philip Walling for bringing to light the true concealed policy reason for the Keswick devastation “However, it neglects to mention that its policy is dictated by the EU Water Framework Directive, adopted 2000, which places constraints on the dredging of rivers.” How many people would know this fact?

    Look what also happened in Somerset from December 2013 to early 2014 – Here we have further ammunition to highlight why we need to be in control instead.

  2. Jason BarkerReply

    As a further clarification :
    The following Directive clarifies
    See the end of:

    Is there not a voice in all these disasters ? Governments went and and liberalized our culture and laws to the neglecting of the foundations upon which Britain was built. Discernment has diminished, otherwise we would have avoided these dangers in the accepting of the EU and its directives. We need good foundation rules ready in place to build us back.

  3. Ken WorthyReply

    The EU’s prohibition of dredging did eventually come out in the Press in connection with the Somerset Levels fiasco. As I recall, Owen Patterson, who was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at the time, told them to go ahead and dredge the river anyway. Shortly afterwards he was fired by Cameron. I never heard whether the dredging was carried out or not. Clearly neither the Ministry nor the Environment Agency has learned anything. They just go on meekly obeying the EU. We need ministers ready to pick a fight with the EU, and a Prime minister with the courage to back them.

  4. Gordon WebsterReply

    It stands to reason, that if the rivers which act as virtual storm drains are silted up and blocked, there will be a back flow in the tributaries which feed those rivers. Just as if the drains get clogged the water will not flow freely, and will back up into your house. However The Brussels Hegemony has become a magnet for all sorts of idologues and self interest groups – such as Greens, LGBT, Feminazis, the Anthropogenic Climate Change Brigade and Animal Rights Groups. Brussels is anti democracy, and has been from Jean Monnet through to Barroso and Juncker – their intention is to see an end to voting and reassert feudalism. Anyone interested may like to go to the Bruges Group Website, and download a copy of Professor Coughlan’s (of Dublin) Booklet “Handling The EU Empire.” It gives an interesting insight into how we got into this mess, and where The German Europe wealth creation scheme called The European Union is heading – unless we leave.

  5. Jason BarkerReply

    Richrd North ( He he explains that care has to be taken that we do not blame the EU for everything including these latest floods as it could be counter productive to our Out Campaign.

    I did find that since 2000 we have had floods in 2003, 2010, 2012/2013 and especially in 2013/2014 all at a tremendous cost. We would ask, why did not our government seek to interpret the directive correctly beforehand?

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