Showing posts with label Wales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wales. Show all posts

Feb 3, 2021

News | Wales: Damage Caused by Flood in Wrexham Lastast Month Could Cost 2 M Pounds To Repair.

Storm Christoph: Wrexham could face £2m flood repair bill

BBC News


image captionUp to 30 people were forced out of their homes in Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham

Damage caused by floods in Wrexham last month may cost as much as £2m to repair, a senior councillor has said.

Dozens of homes were evacuated and 150 properties were affected when Storm Christoph ripped through the area.

Residents in Bangor-on-Dee - where a major incident was declared - New Broughton, Pontfadog and Rossett await Welsh Government support payments.

But the biggest expected bill follows a landslide in Newbridge, when a footpath fell down an embankment.

Wrexham council's deputy leader David A Bithell, has called for ministers to keep their promise to provide money to cover the costs, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Officers are going through about 150 cases of flooded properties so far, he said, but the biggest challenge is Newbridge.

media captionPeople flee homes after Storm Christoph flooding

"We've had some initial feedback from the geotechnical engineer to say there is a big problem down there," Mr Bithell said.

"We're waiting for the consultant's report but that could run into half a million, £700,000, or it could be a million pounds, nobody really knows.

"The best estimate is it's going to be well over a £1m and it could be £2m in damages caused by the recent floods.

"We're hopeful that the Welsh Government are going to honour their commitment to the council when they said that there is money available."

In Bangor-on-Dee water levels in the River Dee reached a record high in the early hours of 21 January.

It led to emergency services and other agencies working through the night with 4x4 vehicles to evacuate residents.

The council's chief executive Ian Bancroft, said the amount of rainfall had been unprecedented and work was under way to fully understand the cause of the flooding.

Impact of climate change

He added officials were also looking at measures to prevent future flooding as climate change makes further incidents more likely.

"I think the really important thing to remember is historically the River Dee was at its highest level ever as a result of the rainfall that we had," he said.

"That put pressure on places that you wouldn't expect as the river was right at the top of the riverbank in Bangor-on-Dee and we'd never seen flooding in New Broughton in the place where we had flooding.

"Given changes to the climate, we have to have a concern that it may not be as irregular for that type of incident as it has been in the past.

"We have to make sure that we are planning properly for the future in light of the climate changes that we're facing."

Jul 16, 2020

News | Business | Post Brexit Rules: Imposing post-Brexit trade rules 'damaging to Wales'

4-5 minutes - Source: CNBC

Chess pieces in EU and UK union flag colours Image copyright Getty Images
New post-Brexit trade rules must not be imposed on Wales without consent, the Welsh Government has warned.
UK government plans ask all four nations to accept rules and standards set by each other to ensure trade remains seamless across the UK.
The Welsh Government said it had not seen the plans and any system forced on Wales would be "deeply damaging".
Plaid Cymru called Whitehall's proposals a "power grab" and an undermining of devolution.
The Welsh Government negotiated an agreement with the UK government in 2018 that means powers in areas such as food labelling, support for farmers and energy efficiency - currently regulated at EU level - will return to Cardiff.
The UK government has however said that devolved administrations will have to recognise the rules of all four nations, so as not to harm trade within the UK.
In a policy paper, it says this will ensure a level playing field for all firms regardless of which UK nation they are in, to ensure a UK-wide "internal market".

'A seamless UK internal market'

UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers: "What we are proposing today in the white paper is a continuation of what's happened over hundreds of years which is a seamless UK internal market."
He said the devolved administrations "have known the direction of travel" and the UK government would be "engaging with colleagues extensively across all the devolved administrations and getting their views."
He added: "The UK has some of the highest standards when it comes to the environment, animal welfare, food safety, and that is not going to change."
The Welsh Government said while it supported the principle of seamless trade any rules must be agreed by the devolved nations.
A spokesman said: "Any new system must have independent oversight and dispute resolution.
"Unfortunately, the UK government has not managed to share the paper with us, and Welsh ministers have had no recent discussions with the UK government on these issues.
"Any attempt to unilaterally impose a system will be deeply damaging."
But Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said Wales was a "vital part" of the UK's single marketplace and 75% of Welsh goods were consumed in the rest of the UK.
"Securing this internal market will ensure this trade remains seamless, safeguarding thousands of Welsh jobs," he said.
"It is vital for our shared prosperity and our ability to bounce back from the pandemic that people, products, ideas and investment continue to flow unhindered throughout the UK."
However, Plaid Cymru's leader at Westminster Liz Saville Roberts said the plans were a "power grab" from the Conservative government.
"It is complete doublespeak to claim more powers are on their way to Wales when we know powers defined by the devolution settlement are being held in Westminster," she said.
"It is simple - Westminster won't give Wales the authority it needs to stand on its own two feet."
This is really all about who gets to decide things such as food standards after EU rules stop applying at the end of the year.
Ministers in Cardiff Bay are concerned about a hollowing out of devolution by the back door.
Take the proposal for a " mutual recognition principle" as an example -.. they say it effectively means the lowest common denominator wins because every UK home nation has to recognise every other home nation's standards.
So in the trade negotiations with the US - the proverbial chlorinated chicken issue - if the UK government negotiated a trade deal with the US allowing lower standard food into England, the Welsh Government couldn't stop it coming into Wales.
But the UK government insist they will protect British food and farming standards in the negotiations so the issue won't arise.

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