There can be little doubt that increased capital and maintenance investment to our water courses and catchments is necessary. Clarity of responsibility and control remains problematic although the Environment Agency should now be better placed to fight its corner and exploit recent flooding experience in its widest context. Was that done for Bewdley?
An aspect of the work not mentioned is the probability of the defence itself initiating flooding to the deliberately unprotected side at low level overtopping.
That is surely rare as a deliberate engineering act?
Have engineers considered the possibility of human rights actions by the unprotected and perhaps an injunction restraining the Agency from erecting the demountable defence? Has the council and other taxing authorities properly considered the rights of the other bank occupier who may well be financing the scheme?
B Walton (F), 8 Milford House, Portsmouth Road, Milford, Surrey GU8 5HJ