Flood maps showing, say, 10 year to 100 year risk, as suggested by Martin Jacobs (NCE last week), should be accompanied by a Government statement of policy and funding allocation for each area. This might go some way to reassure local residents, landowners, business investors and insurance companies.
Much of our fenland exists in its present form due to extensive sea and river defences financed by Government and local funds.
Unless appropriate funding is guaranteed for the future these areas could well revert to their earlier condition and be unsuitable for modern, human habitation.
Barrie Shearer, Boston, Lincs