South Yorkshire Mayor and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis welcomes the confirmation by the Secretary of State for the Department of the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) that the long-awaited South Yorkshire flooding summit will finally take place on Thursday 8 October, almost a year on from the devastating floods that battered our region last November.
Speaking ahead of a flooding debate in Parliament tomorrow, Mayor Jarvis said:
“It is better late than never that the long-awaited South Yorkshire flooding summit will now take place but the residents, businesses and communities that were battered by the floods last November have been waiting for far too long for this to happen.
“We have been pushing for this summit to take place for almost 12 months. It’s an issue that I have repeatedly raised in Parliament but I’m pleased this will now take place next month. “I would like to extend an invitation to the Prime Minister to join the summit and to see for himself our plans to improve the region’s flood defences and mitigation.
“This summit is just the start of how we tackle flooding in our region. I’m calling on the Government to back our £270 million Flooding Response Plan, which would protect 10,300 homes and 2,800 across the region. This is a costed, credible and affordable plan that we are stood by to deliver. We now need to see the same commitment from the Government.”