This local spaces area provides a link to the ‘Your Local Area’ map. On this, there will be information on any completed and ongoing flood schemes, natural flood management schemes, flood action and community groups established in your area and information on local events.
Managing flood and coastal erosion risk requires many organisations to work together in partnership. County and Unitary Authorities have been made the Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 to take on the responsibility for leading on the coordination of flood risk management. They are tasked with bringing together all the relevant bodies to work in partnership to help manage local flood risk.
To tackle flood risk in an integrated way the key agencies / authorities in water management across the sub-region combined as a Flood Risk Management Partnership in October 2010. By doing so it ensures the Partnership appreciates its actions over the whole area rather than simply within political boundaries.
The Cheshire Mid-Mersey Partnership is one of five Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Partnerships within the North West region, the remaining four are:
The Partnerships are in regular contact to actively deliver the duties set out by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 which is overseen of North West Regional Flood & Coastal Committee (NW RFCC).
The Cheshire Mid-Mersey partnership consists of the following Local Authorities. Further information on the roles and responsibilities, local flood risk management strategies and flood investigation reports are contained within the flooding sections of the authorities’ website.
|Local Authority Area||Residential Properties at Risk*||Non-Residential Properties at Risk**|
|Surface Water (1 in 100 year)||Fluvial Risk (Flood Zone 2 and 3)||Surface Water (1 in 100 year)||Fluvial Risk (Flood Zone 2 and 3)|
|Cheshire East Council||2,204||2,885||472||602|
|Cheshire West and Chester||1,773||2,459||289||1,143|
|Halton Borough Council||850||754||157||1,351|
|St Helens Council||1,683||688||1,855||112|
|Warrington Borough Council||884||15,681||163||1,600|
Values as of June 2017 supplied by the Environment Agency
*Includes properties situated on upper levels due to access issues.
**Includes properties situated on upper levels due to access issues. Non-residential properties are classified as having a function other than residential.
The Partnership has a critical role to play in managing the risk of flooding from all sources and in working with communities to help them become more resilient.
The Partnership provides a forum to enable Risk Management Authorities (RMAs), partners and communities to identify how they can work together to deliver a more integrated efficient and effective flood risk management service.
The following areas have been identified as priority themes for joint working:
This is supported by a detailed action plan showing the activities that will be delivered by the Partnership.
Formed in October 2010, the FCERM Partnership is based around the RMAs that are contained within the Cheshire Mid-Mersey Catchment.
The LLFAs contained within the Cheshire Mid-Mersey Catchment are:
Other RMAs of the Partnership include:
Due to the connectivity of the Cheshire Mid-Mersey catchment, Staffordshire County Council and Welsh Water are consulted at the appropriate level with regard to all matters relating to Flood Risk Management.
Due to the locality of Halton Borough Council and St Helens Council within the Merseyside region, the Cheshire Mid-Mersey partnership works closely with the Merseyside Partnership in matters relating to the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Combined Authority at the appropriate level. Warrington and West Lancashire Councils are Associate Members of the Combined Authority. The aim of the LCR is to increase growth to the local economy and to attract more residents and businesses to live, work, visit or invest in the region. Further information can be obtained via the following link – https://liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/
The Cheshire Mid-Mersey Partnership has developed into a strong partnership that works together to:
The Cheshire Mid-Mersey Partnership operates at two levels, Strategic and Tactical.
To be effective in the delivery of Flood Risk Management there are a number of groups in which the Partnership is in regular communication.
To improve local representation the NW RFCC proposed that LLFA members from each regional committee should be drawn from the flood risk partnerships that evolved between neighbouring authorities. The composition document for membership allocates two LLFA representatives per Partnership.
For the Cheshire Mid-Mersey Partnership two representatives are chosen from the Local Authority members.
Member’s role at the NW RFCC and any Sub-Groups is to represent and provide a voice for the Cheshire Mid-Mersey Partnership and not their individual local authority area.
Members are responsible for helping the NW RFCC deliver its statutory functions and responsibilities, including:
Members are advocates for local issues and represent a voice for local communities. For members nominated on behalf of a group of local authorities this means representing communities across the Cheshire Mid-Mersey Partnership at NW RFCC and / or Sub-Groups. This provides a vital link between national policy and local flood risk management.
Local flood risk partnerships are tasked with leading delivery of the management of flood risk from surface water, ground water and ordinary watercourses. They should consider the interactions between local flood risk and other sources. These wider discussions of all sources of flood and coastal risks will provide a basis for a wider holistic approach.
The seven key roles of the Strategic Group are to:
Membership of the Strategic Group consists of:
*Where an Elected Member cannot attend the Officer for each authority has delegated authority for decision making at this meeting.
The key roles of the Tactical Officers Group are:
Membership of the Tactical Officers Group consists of:
*Where a Lead Senior Officer cannot attend a Deputy for each authority has delegated authority for decision making at this meeting.
LLFA Flood Risk Managers and Officers from the respective Local Authorities, United Utilities and Environment Agency meet on a quarterly basis or as required if flood events occur to discuss issues and scheme delivery. The Operational Level is where day-to-day Flood Risk Management activities take place.
These meetings are arranged and chaired by the Lead Local Flood Authority who, where applicable, feed outcomes of this meeting up to Tactical Officer Group and also information from other meetings down to the Operational Group.
Membership of the Operational Group varies from one authority to the next but typically include officers from: