Fylde Council’s Environmental Health and Housing Committee have concluded their 12-month review into flooding and surface water management in the Borough.

The Working Group began their review in November 2020 in response to growing concerns amidst increased incidents of flooding in the Fylde, seeking to identify ways to enable greater coordination and effectiveness to reduce future flooding and to ensure that responses to emergencies are swift and robust.

The fruits of their labours are 30 key recommendations which have now been adopted by the Environmental Health and Housing Committee. These recommendations look to deliver the government’s 2020 National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England, to create “a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change – today, tomorrow and to the year 2100”.

Councillor Thomas Threlfall, Chairman of the Environment, Health and Housing Committee, and who led the review, said: “The most humbling experience in all my days as a Councillor was being shown through heavily flooded premises, observing the damage and hearing people’s stories. I could not be prouder of the Working Group’s recommendations, and I am keen to engage with other relevant agencies to improve and address issues with surface water flooding going forward.”

Fylde Council’s Technical Services Department will now seek to implement the recommendations going forward in partnership with the Environment Agency, neighbouring local authorities, and other agencies.

The full Flood & Surface Water Review can be viewed online on the Fylde Council Website here: Flood & Surface Water Review (fylde.gov.uk)


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