Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown delivered a petition to Parliament on behalf of the Moreton in Marsh Resilience Group yesterday.

The text of the petition read:

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the Moreton in Marsh Resilience Group, and others,

Declares that Moreton in Marsh is at risk from further serious flooding; further declares that following severe flooding in July 2007 when 260 homes and premises were flooded, minimal action has been taken to repair flood relief channels and also gullies, drains and culverts remain blocked after almost two years; considers that another flood in December 2008, although not so severe, illustrated the threat of more floods into the homes of people in the town; and believes that urgent action must be taken, and quickly, to prevent the town becoming flooded again.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to do all in his power to persuade Cotswold District Council, Gloucester County Council, the Environment Agency, and Thames Water to fulfil their responsibilities to the town and people of Moreton in Marsh and to act swiftly to avoid further flooding.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

In accordance with House of Commons protocol the petition will then be delivered to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for Ministerial Comment and for possible consideration by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Mr Clifton-Brown organised a meeting on 24 April of Councillors and Officers of the Town, District and County Council and representatives from the Environment Agency to discuss the situation and believes that much greater activity to resolve some of Moreton’s flooding problems has taken place since then.

Speaking today the MP said “Despite this work more needs to be done to minimise the future risk of flooding. All these authorities will have the opportunity to demonstrate how much they have achieved during the follow up meeting I have organised on September 4”

Source: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Cotswold)