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Duke bemoans lack of floods forward planning

The Duke of Gloucester has blamed the short term vision of politicians for the fact that many households are just as likely to be flooded as they were five years ago.

Speaking yesterday at a debate at the ICE to mark five years since the publication of the Pitt Review into the 2007 floods, the duke said: “It’s not lack of design ability that’s holding us back, it’s political will.”

He added: “Politicians are much more likely to favour schemes that have a quick return. Planning for anti-flooding is so long term that even if it works the chances are that someone else will get the credit.”

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