Sheffield city region mayor Dan Jarvis calls for action over flooding

Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central, has said flooded areas in Barnsley ‘must not be forgotten by central government’, and has called for action from council bosses to prevent further flooding in Lundwood.

By Danielle Andrews
Thursday, 25th June 2020, 12:45 pm
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 2:54 pm

Mr Jarvis, also Sheffield city region mayor, wrote to Coun Chris Lamb, Barnsley Council cabinet member for environment and transportation, and Matt Gladstone, council executive director for place, to ask what is being done for flood-hit residents on Lang Avenue, Lundwood.

In his letter, Mr Jarvis asked the councillors if the council would consider an independent review of flood management on Lang Avenue, and what steps are being taken to support residents who are still flooded out of their homes.

In the aftermath of heavy flooding in November and March, Mr Jarvis wrote in the The Star’s sister title, The Yorkshire Post, about the importance of putting flood prevention at the heart of post-COVID recovery.

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Mr Jarvis said: “The issue of flooding on Lang Avenue is very long-running and has severely impacted the lives and homes of my constituents for many years.

“The floods we saw last November and this March meant a number of residents were again flooded out of their homes; with some unable to return because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many more lost valuable possessions in the floods and are battling with insurance companies to get to the compensation to which they are entitled.

“Both as the local MP and as the mayor, I am doing everything I can to ensure communities in Barnsley and South Yorkshire that were battered by recent floods are not forgotten by central government and that we get the resources we need both to rebuild our flood defences and invest in flood mitigation measures to reduce the long-term flood risk in places like Lang Avenue.

“I know Barnsley Council has always taken the issue of flood management and mitigation seriously and I look forward to working closely with it and other key local and regional stakeholders to tackle flooding in Lundwood.”

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