Is DCC about to make the flood situation in the Otter Valley worse?

With yesterday’s intense rainfall in East Devon causing flooding in the Axe and Otter valleys it would seem appropriate to ask what is happening to the Straightgate Farm quarry application.

Readers will recall that DCC considered an application for extraction of up to 1.5 million tonnes of raised sand and gravel in 2017, and requested further information with a consultation expiry date of 16/05/21.

Various correspondents tell Owl that Ottery Council currently have absolutely no idea what is going on.

One of the key issue is the permanent destruction of three important watercourses (that feed hugely sensitive bogs, ancient woodland and mediaeval fishponds).

These are the features in our ecosystem which play an essential role in flood alleviation.

Remember the fatalistic words of John Hart regarding flooding (Feb 2020): “self-help is going to be the order of the day.”

This “your’re on your own” response will never solve the climate emergency, society need leadership.

Is DCC about to make matters worse?

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