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Make your views on flooding in Hampshire known

Published in the Portsmouth News on Wednesday 4th July 2012

ENVIRONMENTAL charity Friends of the Earth is encouraging people to let them know about their flooding concerns.

Ray Cobbett, the Hampshire co-ordinator of the group, has been invited to a workshop run by Hampshire County Council to discuss the authority’s strategy on flooding.

It is making plans on how to deal with flood risks across the county.

Mr Cobbett will represent Friends of the Earth at the meeting in Winchester next week but wants to take with him the concerns of residents across the area.

Places such as Emsworth have had problems with flooding as recently as last month.

He said: ‘This is a serious issue in some parts of Havant. I thought a wider audience of residents may like to pass on their written views which I would happily contribute to the workshop.

‘Friends of the Earth’s general view is to put a complete embargo on building in flood plains and provide a single point of information rather than the present splits between the Environment Agency, water companies and local councils to name but a few.’

The Met Office has revealed that June was the wettest since records began.

Emsworth suffered during the heavy rains on June 10th and 11th when Woodlands Avenue, Redlands Lane, Birch Tree Drive, and Nursery Close all experienced flooding.

To make your views known contact Mr Cobbett before July 9th on the contact details below.

Tel: (01243 389487)

E-mail: [email protected]

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