Gedling Member of Parliament Vernon Coaker has visited the Holme Sluices at Colwick, Nottinghamshire to find out more about the Trent flood defences and the work of the Environment Agency.
The MP met with EA officials, led by Louise Cresswell, Area Director for the East Midlands, to see how the sluices work in protecting properties from flooding and how they maintain levels in the River Trent during times of low flow.
He also discussed the general work of the EA including the ambitious plan to improve fish passage for all species in the lower River Trent.
The EA are seeking support for the Trent Gateway Project which aims to open up 8 barriers on the river which presently block fish migration.
At present, the EA has funded the design of a possible fish pass at Colwick sluices and are working in conjunction with Nottingham City Council on a proposed Heritage Lottery Fund bid to build a visitor hub at Colwick Country Park.
Louise Cresswell, Area Director, East Midlands, said:
The visit of one of our local MPs was a great opportunity to talk about how the EA works to improve the environment for everybody.
We took time to show how the sluices work and to explain the flood defences for the area generally which protect a huge number of people and properties, including many in his own constituency.
The Trent Gateway Project is an ambitious plan to improve fish passage on the River Trent. Our aspiration is to open up all of those 8 weirs for passes which will increase the fish populations both coarse and salmon.
Vernon Coaker, Member of Parliament for Gedling, said:
It was a fascinating visit and gave me a better understanding of the River Trent and how it works.
The Environment Agency are doing some great work and it is important that we continue to work together for the good of the local area.
I feel very passionately about protecting our local environment and I was pleased to hear all about the Trent Gateway Project which is an ambitious project but one that will benefit everybody by helping to improve the environment.