We’ve already heard about Tim Farron’s tussle with Storm Desmond. Thankfully all was well, but for many in the area, Desmond’s effects will last for a long time to come as they struggle with flooded homes and ruined property.
Tim Farron has, as you would expect, been helping constituents deal with the storm’s aftermath and has written to David Cameron to ask him to ensure that funds are made available for the clear-up operation.
He said: "It is heartbreaking to see the impact of flooding once more on local people. My thoughts are with all those whose homes and businesses have been flooded, and who have been forced to evacuate.
There is now a major task ahead of us in terms of repairing the damage caused by these floods, and I am calling on the government to support us in this and make additional funds available.
My thanks go to all the staff and volunteers from the emergency services, local authorities and voluntary organisations, for the hard work they have put in to try to minimise the impact of the floods. Electricity NW also deserve credit for their efforts trying to restore power to those affected by power cuts. My thanks also go to rail staff who worked hard to deal with disruption to the network and assist passengers."
The full text of his letter is below:
I am writing to you on behalf of my constituents from across South Lakeland, who have been hit very badly by the extreme flooding which we have faced in the last few days.
In South Lakeland, many residents have had to evacuate their homes in order to escape the floods, whilst business premises have also been adversely affected. Similarly, much local infrastructure has been severely impacted, with local residents facing power blackouts for significant periods, and much of the local road network now in need of major repair.
I was pleased to see in the recent Spending Review that the government remains committed to the idea of the Northern Powerhouse. However, that rhetoric must now be backed up by action – it is essential that areas in Cumbria which have been hit by flooding are now given the resources they need to rebuild. Indeed, whilst I support the government’s plans for greater infrastructure spending in the North of England, the reality is that very significant sums will be required in areas like South Lakeland simply to restore pre-existing infrastructure to its prior levels.
It is therefore essential that the government respond to this crisis in a fair and forward-thinking way, by making available the funds needed to repair the damage which the extreme flooding has caused in South Lakeland.
I look forward to hearing your response.
TIM FARRON MP