Debate to discuss flooding issues

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A panel debate is being hosted at the Pool Innovation Centre later this month to discuss flooding and water security issues in Cornwall.

With infrastructural damage from last winter’s storms still fresh in our minds, along with the constant warnings that we will be suffering more of the same in the future, a high-profile panel has been assembled for the event taking place on August 21.

Former BBC Radio Cornwall news editor, Tim Hubbard, will be chairing the debate, which is supported by the Pool Innovation Centre.

He said: “I am delighted to be involved in hosting such an important event; particularly in Cornwall as water can be simultaneously a resource and a threat. This debate is a great opportunity to share best practice, question the experts and hear new ideas.”

The panel will be made up of: George Eustice MP (Cornish MP and Defra minister), Cllr Edwina Hannaford (Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment), Alan Goddard (Cornish Mutual MD), Mary Dhonau OBE (national flooding campaigner), and Steven Richford (Richfords Fire & Flood MD).

The questions will be coming from the public and could be on anything from the recent revelations by the Committee on Climate Change that three quarters of flood defences are not being adequately maintained, to what can farmers do to lessen the threat of water run-off from their land?

Questions for the debate can be tweeted using the hashtag of #floodandwater.

To sign up for a free place, click here.