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Farron calls on DEFRA secretary to end the threat to withdraw drainage in the Lyth Valley

September 26, 2017 5:26 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has written to the DEFRA secretary Michael Gove asking him to finally withdraw the threat to shut the drainage pumps in the Lyth Valley.

This comes after an announcement this week from the Government that the Environment Agency will once again postpone the closing of the pumps to allow the local community more time to set up an Independent Drainage Board.

Tim said: "The postponement of the closure of the pumps is welcomed but the threat of closure in the near future still remains.

The Lyth Valley drainage pumps are key to protecting both local farms and the A590 which is one of the county's most vital transport links.

"The pumps have been under threat from the government for a decade now, and for the peace of mind of local residents and farmers, it's time for the Government to back down and announce that the pumps will remain operational for good."