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Next week marks the start of our SuDS awareness week campaign

Posted: 12/06/19

From the 17th – 21st June, we’re running a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Awareness Week campaign from The Flood Hub Twitter account.

£1.1billion a year in flood damage is prevented by UK river defences

Posted: 12/06/19

According to research, an estimated £1.1billion a year in flood damage is being prevented by the UK’s network of river barriers and defences.

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee is recruiting

Posted: 03/06/19

The Environment Agency are looking for new members to join the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) that has responsibility for promoting an understanding of flood risk, irrespective of cause: coastal, fluvial or surface water.

Construction on flagship flood scheme to protect Radcliffe and Redvales set to commence

Posted: 03/06/19

Homes and businesses across Radcliffe and Redvales will soon be saved from the threat of flooding with construction on the flagship £40m Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Alleviation Scheme due to commence in the coming weeks.

Study finds that the floods in 2009 and 2015 in Cumbria were the worst for centuries

Posted: 22/05/19

A ground breaking analysis of lake sediment in Cumbria has shown that the floods of 2009 and 2015 in the north-west England were the worst for more than 550 years.

Government delivers new £10m fund to plant over 130,000 urban trees

Posted: 22/05/19

Grants will be made available over the next two years to plant trees in town and city spaces to make them greener and to utilise the multiple benefits that they can provide.

Kendal Flood Plan Agreed

Posted: 20/05/19

The first phase of Kendal’s multi-million pound flood defence scheme is set to go ahead after it was confirmed the plan will not be ‘called in’ by the Government.

An Environment Agency public consultation has been opened regarding the draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

Posted: 09/05/19

The Environment Agency has been leading a conversation with people and organisations who are affected by or work to manage flooding and coastal change

UK flood planners must ‘prepare for the worst’

Posted: 09/05/19

The Environment Agency has warned that Britain’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change. The EA predicts that climate change and population growth will double the number of properties built on the flood plain over the next five decades

Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership: Independent Chairperson Recruitment

Posted: 29/04/19

Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership are looking for a new Chairperson to strengthen and improve the partnership.

Carlisle to get “one of the highest levels” of flood protection in the country

Posted: 29/04/19

The planned flood scheme for Carlisle aims to provide one of the highest levels of flood protection in the country.

Environment Agency announces new green legacy for £2.6bn flood and coastal risk management programme

Posted: 25/04/19

The Environment Agency has announced a set of new supplier arrangements and partnerships which will increase efficiency, value for money and the green legacy of its £2.6billion capital investment programme.

A new website offering extensive information on river and lake improvement projects happening across West Cumbria has been launched.

Posted: 12/04/19

A new website offering extensive information on river and lake improvement projects happening across West Cumbria has been launched.

Public drop-in session organised for flood defence works on Penrith Road, Keswick

Posted: 10/04/19

A major project to install new flood resilience and defence infrastructure in the Penrith Road area of Keswick is currently being developed.

Summary of consultation responses and decisions: Flood risk activity permitting: standard rules consultation

Posted: 08/04/19

The Environment Agency held a consultation from the 16th November 2018 until the 11th January 2019 on the proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities.

A £10,000 flood warning board has been installed in Lower Broughton

Posted: 05/04/19

A new £10,000 digital flood warning and community information board has been installed on the edge of Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton.

New Flood Resistance Product Standards Consultation

Posted: 29/03/19

BS 851188, parts 1+2 have now been issued for public comment and will be open for comments until 28 May 2019.

Multi-million pound flood scheme in Radcliffe and Redvales given the green light

Posted: 28/03/19

A £40 million flood defence scheme in Radcliffe and Redvales, designed to protect up to 870 properties from a repeat of the devastating flooding seen on Boxing Day 2015, has been given the green light by Bury Council’s Planning Control Committee.

Phase 1 Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme approved by planning committee

Posted: 26/03/19

Phase 1 of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme Linear Defences has been approved by planners.

The Environment Agency have published new evidence to plan for flood and coastal risk up to 2065

Posted: 01/03/19

The Environment Agency has published a new economic assessment to aid planning for flooding and coastal risk management for the next 50 years.

Repairs on numerous paths and bridges have been completed following the devastation of Storm Desmond

Posted: 25/02/19

The Lake District has nearly fully recovered from the damage and destruction caused by Storm Desmond in 2015.

A new association is launching to support the delivery of sustainable drainage

Posted: 25/02/19

The Association of SuDS Authorities (ASA) is intending to promote the use of sustainable drainage in property developments.

Work on the £1million flood alleviation project in Earby has now resumed

Posted: 21/02/19

Work on the £1million flood alleviation project in Earby has now resumed, the project aims to reduce the risk of flooding to 91 homes and 17 businesses.

Kendal 3 Phase Flood Risk Management Scheme Information

Posted: 13/02/19

A Flood Risk Management Scheme in Kendal which is designed to better protect residential and business properties from flooding, improve the local environment and improve community amenities has been proposed by the Environment Agency.

Cumbrian Manufacturing Firm benefiting from £2.6m investment in Flood Resilience Measures

Posted: 08/02/19

James Walker & Co is a large, established Cumbrian manufacturing firm is benefitting from a £2.6m investment from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to protect its premises from flooding.

Following on from the Christmas tree planting campaigns

Posted: 05/02/19

Ribble Rivers Trust and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside put out an appeal last December for members of the public to donate their old Christmas trees.

Lancaster City Council have approved funding for the £10million flood defence scheme along Caton Road.

Posted: 22/01/19

Lancaster City Council have contributed £850,000 for  flood defences on the River Lune designed to protect  one of Lancasters most important commercial areas, which will help to safeguard more than 2000 jobs and contribute £37.3million to the local economy.

Taking care of the hills can help protect towns and villages from flooding

Posted: 22/01/19

According to researchers, a restoration scheme that is underway on the hills of the Peak District has the potential to alleviate the level of flood risk to towns and villages below.

Mrs Hayman, shadow Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs has met senior officials from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA)

Posted: 22/01/19

Sue Hayman has spoken to insurance bosses about homes and businesses at risk of flooding. She has warned that West Cumbrian communities will become “ghost towns” if nothing is done to make insurance affordable and available to all properties and small businesses.

A DEFRA consultation has been opened regarding the improvement of the management of water in the environment

Posted: 15/01/19

In the last few years, DEFRA have seen a significant improvement in the water environment and in resilience to flood and drought and have opened a consultation regarding the improvement of management of water in the environment.

Greening Grey Britain with communities in 2019

Posted: 14/01/19

Is there a neglected space in your community that you’d love to transform into a green oasis for people and the planet? Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap?

Achieving Sustainable Drainage Through Local Authorities

Posted: 14/01/19

SuDS were first introduced to the English planning system in 2010. National planning policy in England encourages SuDS on all major developments, unless there is clear evidence that they would be inappropriate.  However, as of the 7th January 2019, SuDS were made mandatory on all new developments over 100m2 in Wales.

Year of Environment – Liverpool City Region

Posted: 04/01/19

2019 is the Year of the Environment for Liverpool City Region, which will aim to get more people involved in projects to improve the natural world and leave a better environment for the next generation.

How willow has proved to be a natural defender against flooding.

Posted: 03/01/19

In December 2015, record levels of rainfall fell over Cumbria caused by Storm Desmond, which had huge impacts. Farmer’s livestock drowned and kilometres of fencing were destroyed as the rivers overtopped.

Working with nature to reduce flood risk in Greater Manchester

Posted: 19/12/18

Work on a natural flood management scheme is underway on Smithills Estate near Bolton.

Ribble Rivers Trust needs Clitheroe’s Christmas Trees!

Posted: 19/12/18

Ribble Rivers Trust are an environmental charity that work to improve the brooks, streams and rivers of the Ribble catchment for the people and wildlife who live there.

North West RFCC Business Plan consultation

Posted: 13/12/18

The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee are holding a consultation on their draft Business Plan for the period from 2019 to 2022.

The Wildlife Trust will host their Annual Christmas Tree Planting Event in 2019

Posted: 12/12/18

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has put out an appeal for members of the public to bring their old Christmas trees to their ‘Annual Christmas Tree Planting’ event.

Government Petition on “flushable” wet wipes

Posted: 05/12/18

There is a UK Government and Parliament petition regarding the sale of wet wipes that are referred to as "flushable" on the packet, which if successful could help to prevent sewer flooding.

Environment Agency public consultation for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities proposals

Posted: 26/11/18

The Environment Agency are holding a consultation on the proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities, as part of a review of their charges for regulatory works.

Environment Agency launching Flood Action Campaign 29th November

Posted: 22/11/18

The Environment Agency are gearing up to launch their Flood Action Campaign to make sure people know what to do in a flood, sign up to flood warnings, and keep themselves and their families safe.

Regional flood forecasting in Cumbria is set to be improved by the successful deployment of the NCAS mobile X-band weather radar

Posted: 13/11/18

The NCAS-X-band weather radar in Cumbria has been successfully put in place by The National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Environment Agency. The radar will provide new observations to improve the Environment Agency’s flood forecasting and warning services.

New North West Natural Flood Management handbook

Posted: 12/11/18

A new 'Natural Flood Management handbook: a practical guide for farmers' has been produced, funded by West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Newground, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency.

Tree planting across England set to get a Multimillion-pound boost

Posted: 31/10/18

As part of the Chancellors Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced a £60 million pledge to plant more trees in order to preserve the country's environment.

Morecambe Sea Wall Officially Open

Posted: 24/10/18

The new wave reflection wall that will reduce the flood risk to 11,400 homes over the next 100 years has been opened by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey.

Praise for Castle Street Community Flood Action Group Clean-up

Posted: 23/10/18

A community clean-up event in Kendal took place on the 14th October which was organised by the Castle Street Community Flood Action Group to protect homes against future flooding, coincided with a weekend of flood warnings and alerts.

Government agrees funding for a new West Kirby flood defence wall

Posted: 12/10/18

The Environment Agency has agreed to part-fund a new £3million flood defence wall that will change the face of West Kirby promenade forever.

Forthcoming Events

Hambleton Tidal Flood Risk Management Scheme Drop-in

Event Date: 20/06/2019

The Environment Agency and other organisations are holding a community drop-in event to share information on the Hambleton Tidal Flood Risk Management Scheme.

Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Scheme Community Drop-in

Event Date: 27/06/2019

The Environment Agency and Bury Council are holding a community drop-in event to share information about the flood scheme for some areas of Radcliffe and Redvales.

SuDS in the City – Manchester

Event Date: 03/07/2019

City of Trees are bringing together a range of expert speakers to answer questions about the integration of SuDS in our cities.

Flood Expo 11/09/19

Event Date: 11/09/2019

The world's biggest flood prevention exhibition and conference.

Flood Expo 12/09/19

Event Date: 12/09/2019

The world's biggest flood prevention exhibition and conference.

Riverbank Restoration: Macclesfield Riverside Park, Cheshire

Event Date: 09/11/2019

Join Mersey Rivers Trust to carry out restoration of a riverbank where it has eroded.

Tree Planting: Stockport, Greater Manchester

Event Date: 19/11/2019

Join Mersey Rivers Trust in this tree planting event to help restore areas of eroded riverbank.