LETTER: Hazard of building on floodplains

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With reference to Nick Herbert MP’s piece concerning building on land that is known to flood; you have to ask why is the Government still considering building a new runway at Gatwick Airport, resulting in the taxpayer having to spend billions to support it (if it ever went ahead)?

Gatwick Airport has known flooding since 1936 and keeps putting the flash River Mole in pipes. In view of the flooding residents of the UK suffered this Christmas, should the Government still be looking at expansion plans for Gatwick Airport as the new runway would be built on a floodplain removing what nature intended to deal with a river that suffers flash flooding?

Gatwick flooded on Christmas Eve 2014 and subsequently flooded downstream and neighbouring properties of Sussex and Surrey illustrating that water has to go somewhere.

No flood defences can ever stop nature finding its natural path and if we keep removing the river banks, ancient woodlands, floodplains, all the things nature created to deal with water, then surely the bill for flooding, and the misery of people’s homes being flooded, will continue and rise.

Flooding may be prevented at Gatwick now, but what about downstream where innocent residents live? You can’t keep redirecting nature just to please offshore owners of Gatwick Airport.

The Government should now dismiss these flawed expansion proposals.

SALLY PAVEY

CAGNE, Mayes Lane, Warnham

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