Wet feet across the country
It seems appropriate on a day when many of us have struggled to work through hideous rain to read a story about the degradation of our flood plains.
Anecdotally, we have known this was happening for years as housebuilders went for easy wins in terms of position. But now it has been quantified and the evidence is shocking. Infrastructure Intelligence carries a report based on research at Salford University which shows that 90% of floodplains across the country no longer function naturally, including 74% which have been either lost or modified by encroachment from man-made developments.
While the government has acknowledged in principle the importance of preventing flooding and the terrible cost in both financial and personal terms of floods, particularly in homes, it seems that this is just another instance where 'joined-up thinking' does not apply.
Time to invest in a new pair of wellies.