Use arable land for produce

Whilst I have every sympathy for those people affected by recent flooding, one salient point seems to be missed.

The coastline of Lincolnshire in particular is constantly under threat from flooding and, with the county providing over a third of our country’s best arable land, extensive inundation from the sea could put this land out of action for many years, with all that would imply for our food supplies.

And yet we are being told that Lincolnshire tax payers will have to foot most of the bill for our coastal defences. Surely, all tax payers, if they really value their home grown fruit and veg, should be expected to contribute towards measures to ensure that we do not have to rely on costly food imports if severe coastal flooding does occur in the future.

Cllr John Marriott

Lincolnshire County Council