From: Arron Banks, Co-founder, Leave.EU
FOR generations, people who depend on the land for a living worked hard to stop sand and gravel from raising up the riverbed, using the silt to strengthen the embankments.
Later, this work was taken over by local drainage boards, often elected.
Everything has changed in the era of EU regulation. Protecting people is now secondary to idealistic environmental goals, such as creating new wetlands. Dredging projects are discouraged and tied up in red tape. Silt must generally be carted off as hazardous waste. The end result? The ruined homes we see today.
Add to all of this the crazy EU policies which take away payments from farmers when they work to drain floodwaters naturally by planting shelter belts of trees, which Brussels bureaucrats class as “unwanted vegetation”, and you have a recipe for disaster.
The Environment Agency, which claimed it could not afford the few millions needed for a dredging programme which might have prevented billions in damage caused by flooding, would have money to spare if we left the EU, took back control of our own environmental policies and stopped handing up to £55m a day to Brussels.