Government’s new environment secretary Owen Paterson on Friday 14 September 2012 when speaking to Anna Burdett of The Cumberland News advised that the practice of building homes on land that has flooded in recent years as “idiotic, people should become more aware when buying a house and of the consequences of buying in an unwise location”.People in Cumbria should choose homes wisely if they want to avoid problems with flooding, the Government’s new environment secretary has advised.
Speaking to The Cumberland News during his visit to Cumbria just a week after being appointed, Owen Paterson said responsibility lay as much with householders as with builders.
Mr Paterson presides over a reduced flood budget because of the recession.
He said: “I think it’s important we do keep up the investment. But down the road, people should become more aware when buying a house and of the consequences of buying in an unwise location.”
He described the practice of building homes on land that has flooded in recent years as “idiotic”.
During the Cabinet Minister’s visit, he launched the first rural contract, designed to give people power to hold the Government to account on the rural economy.
The statement identifies superfast broadband delivery, rural business grants and Rural Growth Networks among the top initiatives to create rural jobs.
Mr Paterson said: “For too long, rural England was neglected by central government and its businesses struggled to achieve their ambitions.
“We’ve already transformed the prospects of thousands of rural businesses and, want to make sure that change is felt in every part of rural England.
“To do this, we’ve created the first ‘rural contract’ to give rural areas the power to hold us to account on our promise to grow the rural economy and support thriving rural communities.”
Sending cables along railway lines is one of the options to bring superfast broadband to rural Cumbria, he added.
“My whole drive is to provide the infrastructure to allow all businesses to thrive in rural economies.
“We have removed the problem of having to get planning permission for the installation of broadband.”
Mr Paterson met activists from Fell End Rural Community Broadband Project at Threlkeld.
The group has won funding from Defra to install a high speed broadband connection to 58 isolated properties in the area.
And he toured the Lakes Free Range Egg Company’s packing plant at Stainton built with the help of grants of almost £700,000.
First published at 13:55, Friday, 14 September 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk