He has done the right thing with little formal authority. A local new Authority is needed to maintain Stewart's vision of natural flood management, but also to enact short and medium term action, which will be pushed slowly down the line, as is common. You will note no senior EA leadership has endorsed this plan so it stands as Stewart's dogged efforts primarily. Either way winter is still on the 2016 calendar, and this will not wait for government to have further meetings. (The report looks a little like Stewart's sign-off ahead of departure so succession the next question for us to ask.) What should have happened is delegation to major firms to start work this year, but the EA do not want to lose the additional monies raised earlier in the year. Holding on to this money maintains their own rather inefficient activity. We are having to wait for the EA to build the capabilities and skills that already exist inside organisations elsewhere. Such is the dark matter of the real world of UK institutions.
Verdict* Cumbria Flood Action Plan announced by Rory Stewart is a long-term vision which maybe 10-15 years to come to full effect. The EA have written formally to an information request from the Group to say that the city's flood defences will be repaired only to the standard prior to the 5/6 December flood, with no money allocated for improvements to these 'assets' this year. The EA have other priorities than Carlisle. Therefore we fight on for radical new intervention, especially new flood channels and holding ponds, as did the people of Somerset who received the same response to their plight. Sign up here to keep updated:http://www.carlislefloodaction.org.uk/ and add your support to the fight for protection.