The Rhondda MS has slammed Labour Party politicians in RCT for opposing a full expert-led independent inquiry into successive floods earlier this year.
Leanne Wood was reacting to the news that all the Labour councillors sitting on Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee opposed a recommendation from Plaid Cymru for an inquiry.
An independent inquiry, free of political interference from the Labour local authority and the Labour Government body Natural Resources Wales, is seen by many as the best chance of getting to the bottom of why the floods happened and, crucially, what needs to be done to prevent them in future, given we know climate change means that this problem is not going away.
The Labour councillors stonewalling of the inquiry is consistent with the Labour position in RCT. Speaking to ITV Wales in June of this year, the Labour MP for the Rhondda described the call for an inquiry into flooding in the Rhondda “just about the daftest idea I have heard” despite voting for an independent review into flooding in England three months earlier.
Thousands of people have disagreed with the Labour position by signing a petition calling for an independent flood inquiry. The matter is due to come before the Senedd for a cross-party debate.
Leanne said it was time for all political parties to unite to deliver for the people of the Rhondda. “Party politicking should be put to one side so that we can get answers and solutions for the hundreds of people who suffered devastating floods earlier this year,” said Leanne.
“We are likely to get more extreme weather in future due to the climate crisis so we have to be ready and prepared for what is coming. An independent inquiry is the best chance we have of getting lasting solutions. An inquiry would not interfere with the more short-term remedial work such as repairing culverts and unblocking water courses and it needn’t be expensive nor last years.
“Many people will be asking what the Labour Government and Labour Council have got to hide for them to oppose an independent inquiry into the floods. Plaid Cymru intends to keep pushing for this – we will not be deterred by Labour’s stubbornness, self-interest or refusal to listen to the people.”
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