Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Fingers crossed it won't flood!
John Redwood has taken the Government and Environment Agency by surprise with his suggestion that we build 150,000 homes in the Thames Estuary by reclaiming land like the Dutch do.
I don't know what to make of this idea, I really don't. Instinctively, reclaiming land (which is at premium in the South-East) sounds like a great idea. Then I remember it's a tidal estuary beside which the Government is already building hundreds of thousands of homes. Homes, incidentally, on the floodplains of Essex and Kent. Do we really want to slap 150,000 more on reclaimed land in a floodplain and risk drowning people?
Yes, yes, I know I'm being horrendously alarmist, but the cost of making it genuinely safe would be astronomical, wouldn't it? Can you imagine what the insurance premium would be for living on reclaimed land in the Thames Estuary?
You're a clever man John, but I'm really not so sure this is one of your better ideas.
Posted by dizzy at 6/14/2006 08:42:00 am