Flood Management (Supplementary) [15]

Session date: 
March 17, 2004
Question By: 
Samantha Heath
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Tony Winterbottom (LDA)

Question

We have worked with you extensively on our flooding report, and Darren Johnson actually signed up to that, so I was quite surprised at the Green Group's questioning. But the issues that we did identify that were of concern to the Committee were the commitment to the Green Grid, in terms of work you have done with the ODPM and we do recognise that the ODPM have actually recently announced more funding for the Green Grid. But I wanted to get a sense of how important they thought it was, and also to do with the Kate Barker report that is out today " have you actually sensed that she has also identified that flood risk is something that needs to be looked at effectively in the Thames Gateway?

The next issue is that the message which the Association of British Insurers gave to the Environment Committee when they came to the Committee formally was completely different from that which they had given to the Evening Standard, which is what Jenny (Jones) is now peddling. But Darren (Johnson) actually heard what the ABI said when we were at the Environment Committee, which is actually that effective working needs to happen now.

The other question I have for Tony (Winterbottom) was from the flooding scrutiny that Roger (Evans) chaired originally. We did say that the LDA should use its compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers, if necessary, to procure land, and I want to know if the LDA have actually resisted that?

We recommended that you use your compulsory purchase powers in order to buy land if it was absolutely essential, in order to deliver the Green Grid. As we understand it, you have actually resisted that to date.

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Answer for Flood Management (Supplementary) [15]

Answer for Flood Management (Supplementary) [15]

Answered By: 
Tony Winterbottom (LDA)

As far as we are concerned, the Green Grid is something that we want to see implemented. I think the best way forward is to work as Eric (Sorensen) has said, with landowners. But ultimately, if a case can be made and the Mayor will sign off that case and it will not be challenged in the courts, then the LDA would use its CPO powers. Indeed, the LDA now, on a raft of issues, is considering using its CPO powers and twice we have used them.