Just over three years since Storm Desmond and there’s a spanner in the works for the Environment Agency.
Up until now, most of the criticism of its post-Desmond work has been that people haven’t seen much action taken to protect the homes and businesses flooded in 2015.
Kendal (and nearby villages on the Kent, Mint and Sprint) is furthest along in, what can come across as, a laborious process of long-listing, shortlisting and preferred option(ing?).
But a month before planning permission is due to be considered (and quite a few months after the plans were outlined at a drop-in session), people have realised their true extent when it comes to Kendal’s topiary.
This project does appear to be destroying a well loved part of Kendal’s environment in order to save it.
The latest word from the Environment Agency is that they would like to meet with the campaigners and discuss how the design could be changed to save as many trees as possible – but it remains to be seen if this will satisfy.
I’m fascinated to find out who spray painted the trees because no one wants to admit they did it…