Category Archives: Environment

Mike Supports Friends of Quantock Manifesto

This morning, in the driving rain, I met Chairman of Friends of Quantock, Alan Hughes, to back their ‘Quantock Manifesto.’ You can read it Quantocks Manifesto. I fully support the aims of the manifesto and will help FOQ achieve them … Continue reading

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Environment Agency Abandons Dredging Benefits Assessment

Since attending a councillors’ flood briefing in February, I have asked repeatedly that the Environment Agency supply an assessment of the benefits that the current programme of dredging would have had on the 2013/14 flood event. It has been delayed … Continue reading

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Cllr Hall ‘Responds’ to my Open Letter re AONB Funding.

You may recall that a few weeks ago I wrote to Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, David Hall, asking him why he had deliberately antagonised many of the County Council’s AONB funding partners by withdrawing their invitations to a … Continue reading

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Latest Round of Somerset County Council Spending Cuts Begins

The annual ritual of SCC cuts has now begun, as readers of today’s Somerset County Gazette will have seen. Among the cuts are an 88% cut in Council funding to the teams that manage the county’s Areas of Outstanding Natural … Continue reading

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The Environment Agency’s Position on Flood Prevention in Somerset

In the wake of the current, extensive flooding across large parts of Somerset, I thought it might be helpful to share the Environment Agency’s current position on flood risk management in the County. It contains some useful information with regard … Continue reading

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Quantock Hills Orchard Maps & Quantock Apple Heritage Day

From Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee Somerset as a county has long been associated with orchards and it has a long heritage with horticulture of apples and cider-making. Documents referring to apples and cider production exist from Norman times, while … Continue reading

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Quantock Hills Orchard Maps & Quantock Apple Heritage Day

From Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Committee Somerset as a county has long been associated with orchards and it has a long heritage with horticulture of apples and cider-making. Documents referring to apples and cider production exist from Norman times, while … Continue reading

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The Badger Cull 2 – An update

Two weeks ago I wrote a blogpost setting out what I had learned about the pilot badger culls in the preceding few weeks. Previously I had not held a strong view on the subject and my interest had been piqued … Continue reading

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Developers, Delays and Road Improvements

Since being elected I’ve spent a lot of time trying to speed up the provision of various delayed highway improvements and repairs, many of which are located in Norton Fitzwarren. It seems to me that there is a fundamental problem … Continue reading

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What I have learned about the badger cull.

Representing a rural community, I have heard first-hand from farmers about the hardships associated with bovine TB outbreaks on their farms. Movement bans, below par compensation for slaughtered animals, even the loss of historic bloodlines all seriously impact on farmers’ … Continue reading

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