Lancashire local flood risk management strategy 2021 – 2027
Posted on Friday 26th November 2021
The joint Lancashire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2021 – 2027 outlines how Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council plan to work together and with other flood risk management authorities over the coming years to manage local flood risks.
The three councils are the designated lead local flood authorities for the wider Lancashire area, with a duty to ensure all organisations which have a responsibility for managing water coordinate their activities, and work with local communities, to reduce the risk of flooding.
Through working together, Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen will deliver efficiency by sharing resources and achieve greater effectiveness because the sources of flooding require water to be managed across local authority boundaries.
A new report to Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Lancashire County Council’s cabinet outlines that the new strategy is needed to ensure the councils’ approach is consistent with new national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy introduced in September 2020 by the Environment Agency.
The strategy begins by setting out the risks and challenges to preventing flooding in Lancashire, and the responsibilities of flood risk management authorities within the county, including organisations such as the Environment Agency and utility companies.
It then outlines the objectives for managing flood risk, the measures proposed to achieve them, how they are expected to be paid for, and how and when they are expected to be achieved.
The new strategy also outlines work to ensure new development is sustainable and resilient, good communications are maintained between partners within Lancashire’s ‘flood family’, and that partners make the most of opportunities to secure investment to better protect businesses and communities from flooding.
The report to the cabinet explains that progress in delivering the actions outlined in the strategy will be monitored by a group chaired by councillors from the lead local flood authorities, with a report being published every year to keep people informed.
It also details feedback received from partner organisations and members of the public during a five-week public consultation on the draft strategy held earlier this year.
Councillor Jane Hugo, cabinet member for climate change, said:
“One of the major lessons the nation has learned from the serious flooding impacting the UK over recent years is how important it is for all the organisations which have a responsibility for managing water to make prevention of flooding a priority, and by working collaboratively to coordinate activities.
“Flooding can happen for a wide range of reasons and is a growing problem, with severe weather events becoming more unpredictable and common unpredictable in line with climate changes.
“Understanding why flooding has occurred, and how the impact in future could be mitigated, is often complex, difficult, and time-consuming, however the way to improve our resilience is by working together towards a shared plan.
“I’d like to thank all Blackpool residents who took part in the flood strategy consultation earlier this year for their time and feedback.
“The strategy provides an excellent framework for the actions we plan to take over the coming years, and importantly also contains a business plan setting out the practical steps we intend to take and milestones to monitor progress.”
Read the joint Lancashire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2021 – 2027
Posted on Friday 26th November 2021