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Don't let Pitt gather dust

Stepping back in time would be to re-invent the municipal engineer, where borough councils managed the maintenance of drainage, water supply and watercourse management.

Local councils have lost these responsibilities and so the staff either moved out and were not replaced or retired.

The articles on flooding in the 26 June issue highlight the divide between "Practical [Sir Michael]Pitt" and "Ambiguous [Richard] Ashley". The latter has a long way to go in "practical delivery terms".

Common sense dictates that areas of land adjacent to watercourses and low lying land will be subject to flooding. Pressure on local council planners by developers has ensured that areas of unsuitable land have been developed.

The Pitt report is likely to go the same way as so many others – remember the "Out of sight - out of mind" report (into maintenance of sewers) - buried in discussion, words and academic gobbledegook.

- WILLIAM LEVENS (M), 14 Fell View, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1WQ

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