Parish Council launches verbal attack on Prime Minister over ‘ill-advised’ flooding advice

The Observer has picked up our story on the Parish Council’s criticism of the Prime Minister for offering to cover the cost of sandbags during February’s flooding. But was his offer really unhelpful?

David Cameron insisted Councils would have the full cost of sandbags refunded.  Slough Borough Council decided not to pass the offer on, and Colnbrook Parish Council told residents this month sandbags "are not normally the best form of household defence against rising water levels", contrary to official guidance.

David Cameron insisted Councils would have the full cost of sandbags refunded. Slough Borough Council decided not to pass the offer on, and Colnbrook Parish Council told residents this month sandbags “are not normally the best form of household defence against rising water levels”, contrary to official guidance.

From the Slough Observer:

THE PRIME minister has been attacked by a parish council for dishing out unhelpful advice during the winter flooding.

Colnbrook with Poyle parish council said in its Summer 2014 newsletter that David Cameron’s advice on sandbagging was ‘ill-advised’.

Mr Cameron said local authorities will be reimbursed for the money spent on sandbags.

The parish council’s statement said: “The truth is that sandbags are not normally the best form of household defence against rising water levels.

“They do have their place in reinforcing river banks and being part of the construction of bunds around essential installations.

“However, they are expensive to provide, store, transport and later dispose of.”

The statement goes on to suggest residents look at the Evironment Agency’s website to find out more on what measures can be taken to help protect properties.

Read our own take on the story here.

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