Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Maidstone and the Weald, Stuart Jeffery, has echoed calls for Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for the Environment to be sacked after the Guardian newspaper revealed today that £200,000 spending on flood defences for Yalding was scrapped by the government. Last month Stuart wrote to Owen Paterson to demand urgent action for Maidstone.
"Yalding remains under severe threat from climate change and yet the
government has cut funding to defend it throwing local peoples homes to
the floods. £200,000 should have been spent helping to prevent people's
homes being ruined this Christmas yet this climate change denying
environment secretary seems to know better.
Paterson should be sacked for his handling of the flood risks and for
his continued denial of climate change. The science on climate change is
certain and it is clear that the flooding this winter will continue to
get worse in years to come as climate change develops.
action is needed for Yalding. This includes flood defences, moving some
historic buildings out of harms way and of course measures by the
government to tackle climate change."