Conservatives' debate on flooding

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AMs voiced their concerns about flooding during the Conservatives debate on 16 January 2013.

The debate arises from the flooding which affected the whole of Wales in 2012 causing devastation to communities throughout the country.

The Conservatives called on the the government to ensure that development on floodplains is reviewed as a central element of the planning bill.

The government also faced renewed calls for a public inquiry into the flooding on the Glasdir estate in Ruthin last year.

Opening the debate Conservative AM Russell George underlined the devastating impact of floods on communities in Wales, and stressed the importance of up to date technical guidance.

Liberal Democrat William Powell AM was in agreement.

"While I'm sure that some will point to more recent and less comprehensive guidance; TAN 15 or the development and flood risk technical advice is now almost 9 years old and is based on data and legislation which is far older," he said.

"We must face up to reality that this guidance still has its roots in the first assembly and is now severely out of date and in urgent need of review."

He also raised concerns about the ability of new body Natural Resources Wales to deal with flooding.

"There seems to be more and more apprehension in some quarters as to how the new body will function in practice given the breakaway of the Environment Agency from it larger English sister."

Plaid Cymru called for the establishment of a dedicated flood forum for Wales to provide support for people at risk of flooding.

There were also calls for the first minister to re-think his decision not to hold a public inquiry into the recent flooding on the Glasdir estate in Ruthin.

Conservative AM Darren Millar said it "important that an independent person is able to asses the role of each of the organisations that has a hand in managing flood risk on that estate, and that's why I believe the first minister was wrong to dismiss the prospect of a public inquiry."

The Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, John Griffiths, said that he is planning to hold a flood summit to look at flooding issues.

He noted that TAN 15 does reflect current policy, which is kept under constant review, and stressed that the Environment Agency provides ongoing technical advice on an almost daily basis.

The motion as amended was agreed.

Darllenwch hwn yn Gymraeg

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