MPs’ fears as only £30m set aside for dredging

Flashback to this winter's floods

Flashback to this winter's floods

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A CROSS-party group of MPs has expressed deep concern after it emerged the Environment Agency has just £30m to spend on dredging rivers for the whole of England and Wales this year.

Anne McIntosh, the Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, said the Commons environment, food and rural affairs select committee which she chairs was “shocked” to learn that such a small amount was being spent on keeping the nation’s waterways clear.

Anne McIntosh was deselected by Conservatives in Malton Thirsk and Filey.

Anne McIntosh was deselected by Conservatives in Malton Thirsk and Filey.

Dredging has become a hugely controversial issue over recent weeks, following the disastrous winter flooding which has left large parts of the south west underwater.

 

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