George presses Ministers for storm damage resilience in the West

The MP for the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, has secured a meeting with Ministers and a delegation from his constituency, to seek help with a long term answer to protect storm threatened communities.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr George said:

“The Government’s response to the recent storm damage, to help fishermen and restore the link at Dawlish, is very much appreciated. But the severe damage to Penzance, Scilly, and the vital life-line transport links to the Isles of Scilly has largely gone unnoticed and is not something local authorities can resolve entirely on their own.

“Will the DPM ensure that a delegation from my constituency can meet the appropriate Ministers and officials so that we can seek the support necessary in order to find a long-term and resilient solution to this problem?”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, standing in for absent Prime Minister David Cameron, responded:

“I visited his constituency to see for myself and hear for myself the damage done to many communities by the terrible floods and extreme weather in recent times, and I know how long he has been campaigning on this issue. I will ensure that that meeting does take place with the relevant Minister in government.”

Mr George hosted the visit of the Deputy Prime Minister prior to the Valentine’s Day storm which caused further damage around the coast of his constituency.

Mr George said: “Communities like Dawlish have had Government support, which of course they deserve. But I want Ministers to recognise that securing Penzance seafront and a long term and resilient ferry link to Scilly is just as deserving.”

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