Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackpool Council are asking for people’s views on a new strategy which outlines their plans to reduce the risk of local flooding.
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.
Click here for a link to the original article, where you can take a look at the strategy and complete the online survey.
Text taken from original article.