Drainage and Flood Risk

2 phone numbers for reporting flood related problems.

During office hours - 891000 ( Council's Contact Centre)

Out of Office hours - 895116 ( Duty Officer)

Why be concerned? From its earliest days TAG has been concerned with the risk of flooding resulting from the geographical position of Thornton, being on a peninsula with the Irish Sea a mile to the west and the tidal Wyre estuary forming its eastern boundary. Large scale development in recent years has led to decreasing natural drainage and increasing volumes of stormwater draining into a drainage system of finite capacity. Inadequate maintenance and protection of infrastructure that was installed to mitigate flood risk is an ongoing concern.

The Environment Agency (EA), which in 2010 sent circulators to many Thornton properties entitled “Floods operate in your area”, state that over 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. The EA website provides a lot of flood information and advice, including the Flood Risk Maps which are used by insurers in assessing household and business premiums,
see http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx

Planners and developers: A great many of the flooding problems in Britain have arisen from development which has taken place in inappropriate locations and/or with inadequate flood mitigation measures. In recent years Planning Authorities have been required to following national policy guidance which is published as PPS and PPG, the one relevant to Flood Risk is PPS25. See  http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/pps25floodrisk

The Pitt Report: TAG’s concerns have been justified by a number of events elsewhere in Britain, and especially in the summer of 2007 when heavy rainfall events caused flooding at a number of locations and resulted in losses on such a scale that an Inquiry chaired by Sir Michael Pitt was instructed by the Government to investigate the causes and recommend ways to minimise the risk of such losses occurring in future. The resulting report is generally known as the Pitt Report, and can be read in full (here) or in summary (here). This report highlighted many of the issues that have been of concern to TAG, and led to legislation in the shape of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The implementation of the first parts of the Act began on 1 October 2010.
See http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/29/contents

Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament: This EU Directive led to the The Flood Risk Regulations 2009.
See http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/3042/contents/made

Confused? So were we. Over the years TAG have assisted Thornton residents with a number of flood related issues, and raised concerns with Planners about increased flood risk resulting from a number of proposed developments. One thing became clear, and that is that nothing was clear.

A New Dawn? 2007 appears to have been a watershed, as well as the EU and Pitt triggering changes, since for the first time, to our knowledge, Wyre Borough Council published a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment which really does draw a line on this issue, see this doc please be patient - large pdf file http://www.wyrebc.gov.uk/Page.aspx?DocID=10223&PgeID=48003

Trying to understand what all this new information meant in the real world of Thornton led to us asking a few key questions, (here). Following this, things started to become clearer. These replies are of particular interest to anyone who has a watercourse on or alongside their property.

Wyre Flood Forum: TAG continues to send a representative to this Forum. As of November 2010 we remain unsure exactly what its purpose is, but be assured we will raise the specific problems of Thornton at each and every opportunity, and try to ensure this Forum becomes a worthwhile asset.

Ian Welsby from the Flood Management Group at Lancashire County Council gave an interesting talk at our last meeting in July 2013. The whole presentation can be seen here. He also passed round a map showing the dyke cleaning arrangements. This can be seen by clicking here.

Please read Flood risk - Responsibility

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