WITH reference to the front page headline and page two story in last week's Gazette (January 9, 'We deserve much better' and 'Funding secured but protests go on'), I was under the impression that most of the Environment Agency's pilot scheme was to prevent the flooding of houses and businesses should another Storm Desmond ever occur again.

After the floods caused by Storm Desmond I talked to a lot of friends and acquaintances in affected households from Appleby Road, Ann Street, Mintsfeet, all the way through town to the Lound. A very large percentage told me most of the flooding came up through the floors of the buildings a considerable time before the river came over the banks, and in one case on Shap Road the river was never anywhere near his house.

So why have they decided to chop the trees down along Aynam Road and Waterside which have nothing to do with the flooding? Because the groundwater issue is “not under the EA jurisdiction”, they have chosen to ignore this reason. It should also be pointed out that a large proportion of those premises did not have, nor do have, cellars to seal.

If the EA is to follow its project aims i.e. prevent flooding, particularly of houses and business premises, it should pause and consult other interested parties as to how to address this problem even

if it involves, the devil forbid, talking to other government departments.

Peter Holme