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Council looks to reduce risk of 'local flooding'

Council looks to reduce risk of 'local flooding'

by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Lancashire County Council is asking for people's views on a new strategy which outlines their plans to reduce the risk of local flooding.  

They have teamed up with Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackburn Council on this latest measure. As Lead Local Flood Authorities, these councils have a range of powers, duties and responsibilities for managing flood risk from certain local sources, and the strategy sets out how they plan to work with communities, and many other organisations responsible for managing flood risk, over the coming years.

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Lancashire 2021-27 sets out a vision for the county becoming a place where people and businesses are well equipped to respond to flooding, understand the challenges involved, and make the most of opportunities to improve things in future.

The document explains the context for flooding in Lancashire, and how the councils' responsibilities fit in with those of other organisations such as the Environment Agency, and water and sewage companies. 

The particular sources of flooding which councils are responsible for are surface water, groundwater and for regulating some local passages, such as streams and drains, which are defined as 'ordinary watercourses'.

The strategy also outlines the particular local flood risks and challenges facing each part of the county, and how these can be addressed, along with a business plan setting out how and when measures will be put in place to achieve these aims.

The three councils are working together in recognition that water doesn’t respect administrative boundaries, and that there are benefits of working in partnership to deliver a shared vision.

An online survey is now available to give people the opportunity to put forward their views on the strategy.

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, Lancashire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for flood risk management, said: "The devastating flooding which Lancashire experienced in 2015, along with the increasing frequency of flood events due to our changing climate, means we are all too aware of the terrible impact which flooding can have.

"Since 2010 local councils have had powers and responsibilities to improve the way flood risk is managed in their areas, and this strategy sets out how we plan to work with our neighbouring councils, other organisations responsible for managing water, and local communities, over the next six years.

"Considerable progress has already been made by working with partners to secure funding for several large flood alleviation and coastal defence schemes, reducing risk to thousands of properties.

"This strategy sets the course for continuing this momentum by outlining where our efforts will be focused in order to further improve our understanding of flood risk, and how best we can work together to improve flood resilience.

"Everyone has a part to play in this, and I would ask people to take a look at the strategy and let us know what they think."

You can take a look the strategy and complete the online survey at https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=161289733744.

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