Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales has challenged the Minister for Natural Resources on the ability of existing flood management plans to deal with significant rainfall.
Commenting following questions to the Minister for Natural Resources on Wednesday, Aled Roberts said:
“The safety and security of the residents of north Wales is of paramount importance and I will continue to challenge this Welsh Labour Government’s belief that their policies on flood management are up to the job”.
“Following the horrendous problems faced by residents of north Wales recently, particularly those in Conwy, I am extremely disappointed that the Minister believes the existing schemes are adequate.
“Whilst cobs have been removed in Llanrwst, they remain in place in other parts of the Conwy Valley and a full assessment must be made of the capacity of that area to cope with persistent and heavy rainfall.
“One of the issues raised by farmers and older residents is the dredging of rivers but it was clear from the Minister’s response that he has no intention of reviewing the dredging of river beds in north Wales.
“It is also clear that the flood plans currently in place in north Wales are no longer fit for purpose and must be reviewed as a matter of urgency”.