At the invitation of Parish Council Chairman, Pamela Ball, and the local flood Warden, Johgn Tidy, Sir George spent an hour in Shipton Bellinger to see at first hand the problems caused by the recent floods.
"There were kind words about the help given by Test Valley staff, who helped close the High St to traffic and thereby prevented wash getting into the houses; and also distributed the sandbags very quickly; but there were less kind words about the response from Southern Water. I will be asking them to check the integrity of their drains in the High St as there was a view that there might be some cracks in the system"
"People also told me that, by and large, the insurance companies were being sympathetic."
Sir George will be pursuing with the Environment Agency the possibility of deepening the bottom of the Bourne, to achieve a faster flow. "It is some 50 years since it was last scoured, and this might help. However, people were also worried about simply passing the problem downstream to Cholderton, which was also badly hit."
Sir George is also pursuing with the Environment Agency the Parish Council's long-standing request for a meeting.