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Shadow Minister for Flooding to visit Stony Stratford to meet residents about the issue facing town

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

Alex Sobel MP, Shadow Minister for Flooding, will be visiting Stony Stratford today to discuss the issue of flooding and find out how he can best support the town.

This comes as Milton Keynes Council is spending over £1.6m on flooding and drainage this year, with £50k being spent on conveyance between the Stony Stratford flood arches.

And although the Council does all it can on flooding, the responsibility also lies on other partners such as the Government-run Environment Agency. Alex Sobel MP will be discussing this, as flooding portfolio holder, with residents during his visit.

He will be joined by Stony Stratford Ward Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew, who is MK Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for strategic water, and other local campaigners.

Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew said: “Stony Stratford was severely impacted by the Christmas 2020 floods when the river burst its banks. Since then, the Council has worked alongside the Environment Agency to review the issues, make recommendations, and put them into action.

She continued: “MK Labour, unlike the Conservative Group, is about real results. In the 2022/23 Budget, the Conservative Group were seeking funding for less than one sandbag per property, whereas we have invested more than £1.6m in flooding and drainage – with £50,000 for Stony Stratford.”

She concluded: “Although flooding is inevitable, the Council will work hard on its forward-thinking approach to minimise the impact it has on residents. I look forward to speaking to families, alongside Alex Sobel MP, to see what they think both the Council and Environment Agency can do in response to floods.”