Southport’s MP Pugh calls for residents to back the campaign for flood free homes December 31st, 2015 COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR Latest News Shares Comments Following the wettest December on record , Southport MP John Pugh is calling for all parties and residents to get behind the national campaign for flood free homes. The Liberal Democrat MP Pugh said: “This is a matter for long term consensus not party politics. “It has big implications for any house building we may be planning in this area where the drainage infrastructure cannot cope. We can’t say we haven’t been warned.” The campaign has been launched by the Association of British Insurers, and its aim is to raise the issue of long term flood defence investment and land and water management. Flood Free Homes wants to see £1bn per year to spent managing flood risk by 2025, in order to keep up with climate change; as well as a zero tolerance attitude towards inappropriate new developments in areas at risk of flooding. Flooding has long been recognised as the greatest natural threat the UK faces. Environment Agency data shows around 2 million homes in England and Wales are now at flood risk from the rivers and sea, with over 500,000 of these at ‘moderate’ risk or greater, and around 2.4 million additional homes at risk of surface water flooding. MP Pugh added: “Without action to reduce this risk, the effect on our homes, businesses, communities, infrastructure and way of life is potentially devastating.” To find out more about the campaign, go to floodfreehomes.org.uk or follow Flood Free Homes on Twitter Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!