The Cynical Sunday Essay

How to live while crying about the destructive flooding caused by housing development, written before the local elections.

“There is a lot of money involved in development, and from my observations through correspondence and listening to planning applications. WLBC will not allow anything to stand in the way of the money it brings in.

“It is inevitable that development will continue, the best we can hope for is that we can manage to reduce the pace of change and perhaps find a way to have a greater say in how our future is shaped. Many of us would like to freeze the moment in time so things could stay the way they are. I would like to turn back the clock by 30 years, to a time when there was no local flooding, but this is not going to happen.

“This is where those who want your vote could be asked to give their position on development. I don’t think any would be brave enough to call for a moratorium on development until the long overdue infrastructure has finally been put in place. But what do they have to offer to preserve the character of our town and reduce the flooding risk?

“There is irrefutable evidence that recent building has resulted in mud and sand being washed into our watercourses. The evidence is lying in the bottom of those watercourses where there is now a different colour to the silt which originates from the development sites. This poor management of water threatens homes, businesses and crops on farmland.

“Burscough Flooding Group is and has always tried to remain apolitical. Furthermore, we have always made it clear that we will not support “inaccuracies” which is why the relationship with WLBC and the LLFA has always been difficult. So, as regards the way that some councillors have helped, or not helped, or even been obstructive as some have, and there will be those who would try to convince you they have contributed to helping matters when maybe this is a misrepresentation of the facts”.

From the heart of a resident of Burscough.

And now, it’s the same old same old. The old order in LCC is restored. Prepare to suffer continued flooding of streets, homes, and schools while the councillor allowance gravy trains just keep on running.

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