Janet Finch-Saunders MS – the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Rural Affairs – has broadly welcomed the announcement today (August 24) of an additional £1.1 million for flood-hit areas in Rhondda Cynon Taf. However, she drew attention to the 10-year delay in the Welsh Labour-led Government’s publication of an updated flood risk management strategy, which was finally released last month.
Mrs Finch-Saunders said:
“Flood prevention is better than cure, but Labour’s typical of policy dithering and delay meant the updated strategy was not in place by the time the severe floods hit Wales earlier this year, nor of course for this latest round of flooding.
“It’s desperately worrying that if it has taken the Welsh Labour-led Government 10 years to write its strategy just think how long it will take for them to actually build any of the flood defences mentioned in it, and how many more times places in RCT and elsewhere in Wales will be flooded out.
“That’s why come next year’s Welsh General Election, voters need to kick them out and vote Welsh Conservative to protect their properties from the devastating effects of flooding.”