On FridayJanuary 19th a group from Sid Valley Biodiversity Group (SVBG) met Richard Foord MP to bring him up to date on some of the things the group is trying to achieve, and to ask what help he can offer to further biodiversity nationally that will impact the Sid valley.
The discussion included the community food forest at Sidford, Citizen Science projects and River Sid Catchment Plan aimed at ecological enhancement throughout the valley and East Devon. The SVBG specifically requested the MPs help on reinstating Environment Agency funding to enable statutory environmental monitoring to return to previous levels. Concerns about OFWAT and SWW were also raised as was support of agriculture and improved freedom of information about environmental issues. .
The meeting was extremely positive with the MP, asking for a list of concerns for raising at Westminster.
SVBG spokesperson, Stefan Drew said, “Though Mr Foord is currently the MP for an adjacent constituency he has stated he will contest the new Honiton & Sidmouth constituency. It therefore made sense to brief him on our work and raise concerns of a national nature that impact and affect the Sid Valley.”
“Many of the examples we raised with Mr Foord were of a national nature around funding and actions of the Environment Agency, OFWAT and others. We also raised concerns on the lack of transparency and refusal of legitimate Freedom Of Information requests made to Southwest Water.”
“Mr Foord was well informed and it was clear that his previous environmental volunteering gave him an insight into the issues.”
SVBG raised the same issues when they met with Simon Jupp MP last year.