This afternoon, Stewart Jackson MP welcomed Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Right Honourable Owen Paterson MP, to Peterborough. They were also joined by Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire
Hosted by the Environment Agency, the Secretary of State joined Mr Jackson on a tour of the Sluice Gate at Dog in a Doublet near Thorney, which is the tidal limit of the River Nene, 8.5km east of Peterborough. The sluice gates are used to manage the upstream water levels, for discharging flood flows and as a flood defence structure to reduce the risk of tidal flows affecting the south and east of Peterborough upstream.

The MPs were provided with a brief on the Whittlesey Washes which plays an important part in helping to reduce the risk of flooding during combined high tides and river flows. Flood water is stored on the Washes when high river levels cannot be released downstream due to high tides. The Whittlesey Washes is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and Ramsar site.

Stewart Jackson MP said:

People only tend to hear about the Environment Agency when things go wrong, so it is great to hear about their investment in defending Peterborough and the surrounding area from flooding. The EA also shared with the Secretary of State examples of their excellent partnership working between the Internal Drainage Board and local authorities.

I’m delighted that I was able to arrange the Secretary of State’s visit and think our discussions with the EA and partners were very helpful.

Pictured below – Phil Younge (Environment Agency Area Manager), Stewart Jackson (MP for Peterborough), Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Steve Barclay (MP for North East Cambridgeshire). Photograph courtesy of David Lowndes.

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