I write regarding your article entitled Flood Defences face axe to control upstream fl ooding' (NCE last week) which is misleading with respect to the proposed flood risk management at Carlisle.
The Carlisle Flood Risk Management Plan will integrate the strategic approach recommended by the report Making space for water:
a holistic approach. This includes better management of risk, land use planning, rural and coastal issues and integrated urban drainage management, not wholesale abandonment of defences as inferred by your article.
Removal of the downstream flood defences of Carlisle is not a viable option. It would have no flood management benefit upstream. Such an alarmist statement only serves to undermine the hard work that has been done with the residents and businesses in Carlisle to reassure them that a comprehensive scheme, which includes the reinforcement and raising of flood defences, is in development.
Robert Runcie, regional director, Environment Agency, Knutsford Road, Latchford, Warrington WA4 1HG