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Evesham MP Peter Luff has today asked the Chairman of the Environment Agency, Sir John Harman, for a meeting to take forward a new study on options to protect Evesham from further catastrophic floods like those in 1998 and 2007.

The MP says that he had an earlier undertaking in the immediate aftermath of last summer's floods to re-visit a flood protection scheme for Evesham and is anxious to make progress with the study.

Peter says he is all the more concerned to get things moving because of growing evidence of the uninsurability of properties that have been flooded twice in less than ten years. He says that businesses and households alike need much greater confidence that everything possible is being done to reduce flood risk. In his letter Peter wrote,

"I have previously suggested to the Environment Agency that there is a strong case for looking at the possibility of increasing flood protection measures for Evesham, given the increasing regularly and severity of flooding there.

"I am now writing to seek a meeting with you to discuss this possibility, either at your offices or, perhaps preferably, in Evesham itself so you can see the problem at first hand.

"I would also invite to this meeting the Leader and the Managing Director of Wychavon District Council. I discussed this matter with both of them on Friday of last week, and we are anxious to make rapid progress in establishing at least the feasibility of such a scheme, given the growing insurability of many businesses in the town and the impact on households who live in the affected areas."

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