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YEP says: Leeds flood defence offer is not good enough - Government must honour its promises

Aerial picture over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, West  Yorkshire, where flooding has occurred after the monumental amount of rain has caused the river Aire to burst its banks. See Ross Parry copy RPYFLOODS
Aerial picture over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, where flooding has occurred after the monumental amount of rain has caused the river Aire to burst its banks. See Ross Parry copy RPYFLOODS
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Storm eva was just the beginning of troubles for many Leeds businesses, many of which saw their profits, futures and livelihoods swept away with the floodwaters.

Ministers wrung their hands as hardworking business people and kind volunteers rung out mops and sponges. But they promised the people of this city that whatever needed to be done would be done to give the best possible protection for Leeds. But now it seems a lesser, cheaper scheme is good enough according to the Environment Agency. When it happens again there will be no comfort in saying “we told you so”. We have to fight now for adequate defences.

Broken Promises