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Protection racket

Your story that the Environment Agency is to abandon its policy of building flood defences in favour of management of flood risk must concern people living in areas that were expecting protection (NCE 1 May). The photograph shows Bewdley which has had much attention from the press and is a good example of the situation.

The first stage of a project to build a demountable wall (NCE 24 Jan 2002 and 9 Jan 2003) has been completed and gives protection to part of the town.

But the next stage could fall foul of the change in policy.

Thus we could have the situation where one part of the town has been protected and others left unprotected, despite considerable investigation works already carried out.

Bewdley was visited by the prime minister to witness the November 2000 flood and statements were made that funding must be provided for flood protection works. Clearly there must be many other situations where people are going to be let down by the change of policy.

R E S Farrar (F), 12 Hillside Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3EH

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