​​​​​​​21st April 2021

Reflections in a Puddle

The most recent downpour on the village registered barely an inch of rain that day. So why the flooding? The rainfall hit various other Cambridgeshire and Peterborough villages, regardless of their elevation, above or below sea level. I've written extensively about flood risk from rising rivers and seas, but as our Parish Council chairman, Cllr Frank Morris, has pointed out, “The flooding in August [2020] and this weekend was due to surface water.” – flash-flooding, that is, rather than sea- and river-level rises although I have no doubt that the increased prevalence of heavy rain storms are due to climate change.

The Conservative manifesto commits to making the UK net zero by 2050. That will prove hard for a party generally allergic to regulation and state intervention. But a combination of increasing extreme weather events in the UK over the next five years and growing agitation for faster action could leave issues like devolution and social care struggling for attention.

However, the biggest gap in the new government’s agenda is the lack of any coherent long-term vision for local government or public services as a whole.

Like every other Westminster party, the Conservatives have run out of serious ideas for how rising demand can be tackled or how appalling health and other inequalities could be addressed. Nothing senior Conservative figures say suggest they have the faintest clue about the radical shift to community-led services reshaping the most innovative parts of the public sector. Nothing in the manifesto indicates that their commitment to prevention goes beyond shallow and limited initiatives.

New government lacks coherent long-term local government vision

by Adam Lent, Local Government Chronical

13th December 2019​

​​​​​​​Cottenham Flood Alert!