Flood risk plans to be approved

Published on 27 February 2015

A FAR-reaching series of plans to manage the future risk from flooding in Leicester are set to be approved.

Leicester City Council is the designated Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the city, and has been involved in drawing up plans to manage local flood risks and identify future problem areas.

A public consultation took place in 2014, giving people a chance to contribute to the overall plans.

Now that work has been brought together to create
Leicester’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, which sets out the city’s action plan to reduce and manage the risk of flooding.

Leicester is regarded by the Environment Agency as one of 10 areas in England where surface water flooding risk is of national significance.

The 16-page document explains the council’s responsibilities in dealing with flooding emergencies, the types of flooding, and current flood management plans.

It also explains the strategy’s goals and how they will be practically put into action.

Ongoing works as part of the strategy include rainfall measurements, maintaining and improving gullies, and applying for funding for future watercourse works.

The strategy reflects the close working relationship between the city council, the Environment Agency and other key partners which has already helped secure up to £32m worth of Defra funding to deliver flood defence improvements on the River Soar and other major watercourses in the city.

Longer-term plans include improved flood defence schemes on rivers and brooks, further modeling of flood risk on other local watercourses, and including the flood risk management strategy in all future planning and development activities.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "A huge amount of work has gone into drawing up this action plan which both lays out the flood-alleviation work which we already do, and shows how that will developed further over the coming years.

"Flooding has been identified as one of the main risks to the city caused by climate change, and our job with these flood risk plans is to make sure the city can cope with the challenges this will cause.

"The action plan sets out the short, medium and long-term projects which will help reduce flood risk to communities across the city.

"Our partnership with the Environment Agency has also given us the chance to make a range of improvements to help both the natural environment and to look at economic regeneration opportunities in the city.

"These include improving accessibility to the river with better cycle and pedestrian routes, creating better green spaces and helping biodiversity, as well as collaborating on community work to raise awareness of flood risk and the steps people can take to protect themselves."

The formal decision on the plan is due to be made on March 9.