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Councils and farmers discuss flood prevention methods

27 April 2016

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds an oral evidence session with local authorities and farmers looking at local and natural methods of preventing flooding as part of its future flood prevention inquiry.


Wednesday 27 April 2016, Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Innes Thomson, Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities
  • Councillor Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the People and Places Board and Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Local Government Association

At 3.00pm

  • Minette Batters, Deputy President, National Farmers Union
  • Ross Murray, President, Country Land and Business Association
  • Kevin Peberdy, Director of Wetland Experience and Creation at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Blueprint for Water Coalition

Purpose of session

The first panel focuses on:

  • local community and drainage board roles in preventing flooding

The second panel focuses on:

  • how natural management methods, such as storing water on farmland or improving land management, can help to slow water flows

Further information

Image: PA