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Paterson backs call to dredge Levels rivers

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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Somerton and Frome MP David Heath has won a pledge for: "proper dredging of rivers" from Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. But Mr Paterson did not say when it would happen.

Calling for more action to get water away faster from areas prone to flooding, Mr Heath told the House of Commons: "Not unusually, a large part of my constituency is under water at the moment, and many people who live on the Levels say that the situation is the worst that they can remember.

"I know that the Secretary of State understands this, but will he push the Environment Agency very hard to go ahead with the plans to clear the waterways and the rhynes and particularly to dredge the Parrett, the Tone, the Brue and the Axe?"

Mr Paterson said: "There must be proper dredging of rivers, and we will work on that with the Environment Agency."

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