Have your say on our Draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
We are pleased to announce that we have released our draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for 2021-2026 and we need your say on it.
Issued on: 23 August 2021.
Under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010), West Berkshire Council is designated as a Lead Local Flood Authority, and has statutory powers and responsibilities for co-ordinating flood risk management in partnership with other organisations. We're responsible for managing surface and ground water, and ordinary watercourses, whereas main rivers such as the River Kennet, the River Lambourn and the River Pang are managed by the Environment Agency.
We are required to develop a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS), which has to set out how we will work with our professional partners and local communities to better understand local flooding, communicate risks and manage unacceptable risks both now and in the future. It also helps individuals, communities and businesses understand local flood risk, what action they can expect to see with regards to local flood risk management, and what action they can take to reduce their risk from future flood events.
Our current strategy needs updating, so we've worked with Parish and Town Councils, our professional partners in flood risk management, and community Flood Forums to prepare a new draft strategy for 2021-2026 that now needs to be consulted on.
Cllr Richard Somner, Executive Member for Planning, Transport and Countryside at West Berkshire Council, said:
"West Berkshire is a district with a vast landscape and residents and businesses have experienced first-hand the consequences of flooding.
"Owing to the effects of climate change, extreme weather events are predicted to become more likely and consequently this will lead to an increased risk of flooding. Whilst flooding can never be prevented, it can be predicted and the effects forecast; measures can then be put in place to manage the flooding and its consequences.
"Our strategy establishes a set of objectives and actions that monitors flood risk management both now and in the future, including environmental impacts such as sustainable drainage. That's why improving our knowledge and understanding of flood risk within West Berkshire is essential and we need the assistance of local communities to have their say on our consultation.
"I would encourage as many people as possible to read the strategy and provide their views before the deadline date. Your feedback will used to finalise the strategy, which will be considered by elected members at the Executive Meeting being held in December 2021."
The consultation starts on Monday 23 August and will be open for 6 weeks. To take part in the consultation and have your say on the draft strategy, please complete our survey by midnight on Sunday 3 October 2021.
If you have any questions about the survey, or prefer a paper copy to complete the survey, please contact Stuart Clark, Principle Engineer via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general queries about flooding, please use our report a problem page.