WITH the recent floods at Sankey Bridges, could it be down to the fact that flood plains have gone.

There was one at the point where Sankey Brook enters the Mersey at Gatewarth Farm, there was one lower down just south of the rail line, there was also one near Buttermilk Bridge which has now been filled in in for the construction of Sankey Way.

Further up the river was dredged from Walton Lock to Howley and Athertons Quay.

The arm from the ship canal to the river has now been silted up as there now seems to be no holding points for river water.

Could this be why we now have floods in parts of the town that never flooded in the 50s and 60s?