With all the extra building in Hertfordshire the risk of flash flooding increases, with water running off large expanses of concrete and tarmac. We have also seen changes in weather which have resulted in serious storms.
In Royston over recent years, we have seen flash floods caused by unusually heavy downpours but also contributed to by these other factors. Other parts of the Constituency have also been affected and this is a wider problem.
In Royston, fats, oils and grease had caked up the sewers making life even more difficult. I have been pressing Government to come up with a plan to tackle this increasing problem. I recently asked Questions in the House about whether storm drains could be made larger to cope with the risks of a serious storm.
It is therefore welcome that the Government has brought forward a draft Flooding Bill, but I will be examining it closely and pushing to ensure that it does tackle the sort of problems we have been having locally. I am also concerned that the government is acting too slowly and will be asking them to speed up.