Leaders call for assurance on flood work


Kirstie Dolphin

DENBIGHSHIRE leaders are calling for assurances that defence work in St Asaph and Ruthin not to be forgotten as other parts of North Wales suffer flood and storm misery.

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones has asked natural resources minister Alun Davies to ensure Natural Resources Wales (NRW) improves the flood defences in St Asaph following a delay in a report because of recent flooding in Wales.

Mrs Jones said: “It is important that NRW does not divert attention or resources away as this risks undoing the work already done.

“Work has been progressing well and it’s vital that the momentum is kept up.”

A report by NRW on what needs to be done to prevent flooding in St Asaph has been delayed because of the recent flooding to hit Wales.

Mr Davies has announced there will be a full scale review of flood defences across

Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane said: “The work on improving the flood defences in St Asaph needs to be carried out as soon as possible and this report will detail what is needed so it is imperative that it is published.”

John Wynne Jones, a member of St Asaph’s flood action group said: “The group’s priority is to get the raising of Spring Garden Bridge in the short term plan.

“NRW promised to publish the report by the end of last year and when Chris Ruane asked about it, they said they were busy working on other areas to do it.

“Flood defences across the country are not adequate, they should put their plans forward and get funding to prevent floods before it becomes a problem.”

A spokesman from NRW said: “We are currently compiling a report which outlines our recommendations and preferred option for St Asaph and expect to deliver this report before the end of the month.

“The next steps will then be to progress a scheme design, subject to funding approval.”

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar said: “Flooding is terrible wherever it occurs and whilst there is quite rightly a focus on the immediate response to the coastal flooding, it is still important that ongoing efforts to improve flood defences in places such as
Ruthin and St Asaph don't fall to the wayside.”

A spokesman from Denbighshire council, which is responsible for Glasdir Estate flood defences, said: “Each case has a different set of problem to resolve, with different responsibilities and funding issues are therefore different in each case.

“This is in the context of overall pressure on public spending, which is likely to be severe over the next few years.”

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