North West RFCC Business Plan Community Survey
The RFCC is refreshing its Business Plan and invites you to have your say.
You can find the Business Plan Community Survey here.
The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) is one of 12 RFCCs in England, established under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
The RFCC brings together, with an independent Chair, the principle authorities responsible for managing flood and coastal erosion risk in their region, they are:
The RFCC comes together as a regional partnership to take an overview of flood and coastal erosion risk management across the North West. They also seek to promote investment and encourage innovation which is good value for money and benefits communities.
Much of the funding for flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes comes from central government which is prioritised nationally, but the Committee advises on the national funding programme and can exercise some local choice. RFCCs also raise a Local Levy on Lead Local Flood Authorities which provides an invaluable resource to help fund local flood and coast priorities, often enabling them to attract other funding. As well as helping to fund schemes, the Local Levy is also used to fund projects and resources like The Flood Hub website.
Map to show the North West RFCC boundary. For a more detailed look at the map, view it online here.
Back row (from left to right): Peter Bullard (Former independent member – Conservation), Neville Elstone (Independent member – General Business and Assurance), Councillor Patrick McKinley (Sefton Council), Councillor Keith Little (Cumbria County Council), Ian Irving (Independent member – Business and private sector), Tayo Adebowale (Independent member – Sustainability), Paul Barnes (Independent member – Agriculture and Land Management)
Middle row (from left to right): Councillor Stuart Haslam (Bolton Council), Councillor Neil Emmott (Rochdale Council), Councillor Fred Jackson (Blackpool Council), Councillor Alan Quinn (Bury Council)
Front row (from left to right): Lee Rawlinson (Environment Agency Area Director), Councillor Stephen Clarke (Lancashire County Council), Councillor Karen Shore (Cheshire West and Chester Council), Sally Whiting (RFCC Senior Advisor), Rachel Harmer (RFCC Secretariat), Carl Green (North West Coastal Group Chair), Adrian Lythgo (RFCC Chair)
North West RFCC Elected Members (as at September 2020)
|Sub-Regional Partnership||Representation||Partnership Co-ordinator|
|Cllr. Keith Little (Cumbria County Council)||Anthony Lane|
|Cheshire Mid Mersey
|Councillor Matt Bryan (Cheshire West and Chester)
Councillor Laura Crane (Cheshire East Council)
|Cllr. Alan Quinn (Bury Council)
Cllr. Neil Emmott (Rochdale Council)
Cllr. David Meller (Stockport Council)
|Cllr. Stephen Clarke (Lancashire County Council)
Councillor Jim Hobson (Blackpool Council)
|Cllr. Patrick McKinley (Sefton Council)
Cllr. Shelley Powell (Knowsley Council)
Cllr. Sharon Connor (Liverpool City Council)
Cllr. Elizabeth Grey (Wirral Council)
(Two councillors attend RFCC on rotational basis)
If you would like to find out more information on any of the partnerships, please contact the relevant partnership co-ordinator.
North West RFCC Independent Members (as at July 2020)
|Special interest area||Member|
|Nature Conservation||David Harpley|
|Water Industry||Jo Harrison (United Utilities)|
|Agriculture & Land Management||Paul Barnes|
|General Business & Assurance||Neville Elstone|
|Sustainable Economics||Tayo Adebowale|
|Business & Private Sector||Ian Irving|
If you would like to contact any of the independent members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Environment Agency are not currently recruiting to North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) appointed roles.
Five sub-regional partnerships underpin the RFCC to provide more local co-ordination, prioritisation and monitoring of actions and investment. They involve all the risk management authorities covering their geographical area, often with other local partners as well, and have groups which operate at strategic, tactical and operational levels. More information on the partnerships and their areas is available from the Your Local Area page.
The RFCC also has very close links with the North West and North Wales Coastal Group which, although it operates under slightly different legislation and governance rules, effectively forms a sixth strategic partnership group. The Coastal Group brings together the local authorities, the Environment Agency and other organisations who manage the coastline from Great Orme’s Head in Wales to the Scottish Border on the Solway Firth. Visit the Coastal Group website here: www.mycoastline.org.uk.
Communities across the North West continue to experience the terrible impacts of flooding. With ongoing climate change, extreme storm and rainfall events will become more frequent and we will see increasing change along our coastline. It is vital that as a society we acknowledge, plan for and adapt to these changes so that flooding and coastal change don’t turn people’s lives upside down and recovery is quicker.
The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) brings together the authorities who have a role in managing flooding and coastal change across the region. It does not itself carry out flood risk management work such as building flood defences. Instead it has statutory functions of overseeing how flooding and coastal change are managed, shaping and approving the investment programme, and ensuring its constituent partners work together effectively. It also has its own local source of income which it uses as part of the broader investment programme to part fund flooding and coastal risk management schemes (defences) and also to improve resilience in other ways, such as by creating The Flood Hub website. The RFCC meets formally four times a year but there is work ongoing by its partners throughout the year.
The RFCC is reviewing its business plan to confirm its priorities for the next few years and what it will do to help make the North West more resilient to the changing climate.
We would like to hear from you on what aspects of flooding and coastal change matter most to you and what you would like to see the RFCC focus on.
Examples of what the RFCC can do:
What the RFCC can’t do:
The RFCC’s current Business Plan can be found here.
All responses will be summarised and reported anonymously and providing your own and/or organisation name is optional. By completing the survey, you consent to allowing your response to be used by the Environment Agency project team, the North West RFCC and a facilitation contractor to inform the development of the North West RFCC’s business plan.
All information will be stored securely by the Environment Agency on UK-based servers, compliant with GDPR rules. For further information, please see the Environment Agency’s Personal Information Charter on gov.uk (search ‘Environment Agency personal information charter’) or contact our Data Protection Team. Address: Data Protection Team, Environment Agency, Horizon House, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AH.
This survey will be live until Friday 5th March 2021.
The RFCC’s existing Business Plan covers the years 2019 – 2022. We consulted on a draft plan early in 2019 and adopted the final Business Plan in July 2019. The Plan is partly for ourselves but also to communicate and engage with those who will benefit from our work and those who we might work in partnership with.
The Business Plan sets out our priorities and high level actions. It is supplemented by an annual action plan setting out the actions that will be delivered in each financial year in more detail. We monitor progress on delivery through our quarterly meetings to ensure we’re on track and adapt to change accordingly.
A summary of the responses received to the consultation, as well as a full record of all responses, are available below.
The Committee (RFCC) holds four main meetings per year which are open to the public to observe, plus additional meetings and workshops to progress specific areas of RFCC business.
If you’d like to attend and observe a North West RFCC meeting please contact:
Rachel Harmer, RFCC Secretariat Officer at NW-RFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk
Forthcoming RFCC meeting dates:
|29 January 2021||Microsoft Teams virtual meeting|
During the COVID-19 pandemic the meetings of the NW RFCC are being held virtually. These meetings are still open to the public and should you wish to attend as an observer please email NW-RFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk for further information.
You can access the minutes of the previous meeting, as well as the date and agenda for the next meeting, on the North West RFCC’s webpage on .gov.uk.
For any further information on the North West RFCC please contact us at NW-RFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk