THE Member of Parliament for the Cotswolds has promised residents to fight to make sure that local flooding problems are addressed in light of extreme flooding elsewhere in the country.

There have long been concerns from residents across Cirencester and other parts of the Cotswolds that their problems are not given the same level of priority when it comes to flooding.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP told the Standard that he is doing all he can to make sure that the Cotswolds do not go un-noticed by the relevant agencies.

He said: “As I have stated on a number of occasions, I am constantly working to ensure that all agencies continue to put in all the resources needed to tackling flooding problems all across the Cotswolds, including in Cirencester.”

Mr Clifton-Brown, who holds regular public flood meeting throughout the district, has recently set up a multi-agency action group with members of Thames Water, the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire County Council and Cotswold District Council.

“This new group will continue the good work that has been done through my public flooding meetings and will press agencies to ensure that the correct level of funding is put into flood defences in The Cotswolds.

“It will also force Thames Water, the Environment Agency and the County and District Councils to work together to press ahead with these important works and ensure there is a joined up approach to solving these issues which there has not always been in the past.”

Large areas of Cirencester were submerged underwater following relentless heavy rainfall over the last few weeks.