Flooding campaign’s overseen much improvement

I was disappointed but not surprised to see David Tufnell’s unwarranted attack on me last week on the subject of flood defences.

Mr Tufnell is of course a well known Conservative in Lewes, and a previous election candidate, so perhaps his letter comes with some other motivation.

I readily acknowledge the work that Lewes District Council did to secure the £7 million in the Greater Brighton City Deal, but Mr Tufnell also needs to recognise the work that I have done including:

• Lobbying Greg Clark MP, Minister for Cities to promote and support the bid.

• Writing to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership who then contributed money to the scheme.

• Working behind the scenes with other Lib Dems in Government to secure the entire nationwide City Deal scheme that will make sure that towns and cities across the country, not just Newhaven and Brighton, will benefit from significant investment.

Sadly tackling flooding has had to be high in my priority list following the floods in 2000.

I am pleased that, in part due to my campaigning, Lewes has not witnessed a similar event since. My campaigning on this issue, alongside the support of many anxious constituents, directly led to massively improved flood defences for Lewes, that continue to see further expansion (I was recently invited to the opening of new defences at

Landport in Lewes). I have been in near enough constant contact with the Environment Agency over the years passing on my constituents’ and my own concerns about flooding in the local area.

On a side note it is worth mentioning that my Lib Dem colleagues on Lewes District Council were the ones who proposed an amendment to the budget that will see £500,000 more spent on flood defences locally.

Norman Baker MP