The group has endeavoured to work with politicians and government agencies where possible but in a non-political capacity – C-FLAG acts in the role of a „critical friend‟ but always emphasising the importance and seriousness of the endeavour and holding those involved to account for their decisions and actions. Testimony from residents has also been invaluable in evidence gathering particularly from those old enough to remember river management practices in the 1950‟s and 60‟s.
This report is the latest to be issued by C-FLAG and brings together an understanding of the processes involved resulting in the flooding of the City and is required to inform the group‟s membership – the flooded community – as well as all communities within the wider Eden catchment with whom Carlisle is inextricably linked. More importantly, it sets out where C-FLAG agrees with the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) Report HC115 of 2nd November 2016 and urges the Secretary of State and Government to take due regard of the views expressed within the EFRA report when it is debated in January 2017 in order to effect real change and a more secure future.
I thank all the C-FLAG Committee for their continued gift of time, expertise and commitment, all residents who have provided invaluable first hand as well as historical evidence and information, and the assistance provided by the agencies that have worked with us.
John L Kelsall
B.Arch, Dip.Arch, MA, ARB, RIBA, MRTPI, FRSA
Chair - Carlisle Flood Action Group