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Local flood risk management strategy

We are a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and are responsible for producing, maintaining, applying and monitoring a local flood risk management strategy.

Climate emergency action plan

We have been developing an action plan for the city of Leicester to combat climate change. Our latest local flood risk management action plan (2020) now forms part of the climate emergency action plan (2020).

In terms of local flood risk management, the Climate emergency action plan now forms the framework, which we will use to engage local communities in developing local flood risk management decisions and explains how we support them to become better informed about flood risk issues.

You can view the Climate emergency action plan on our climate emergency webpage.

Please refer to section 6 ‘Land use, green space and development’ - Actions 6.11 to 6.23 to view the flood risk management actions.

Flood risk action plan

We have been working with the Environment Agency on a strategy to reduce flood risk in the city from both rivers and surface water (the “Integrated flood risk management strategy”). A public consultation was run during 2017 to collect views and opinions on ideas proposed to manage flood risk in the city. More information on the public consultation can be found on our consultation website.

We are currently working with the Environment Agency to determine appropriate flood risk management measures. A conclusion to the Integrated flood risk management strategy, and information on any potential flood risk management measures, will be published on this webpage in due course.

Litter reduction on watercourses

The main types of litter that have been identified in the watercourses in Leicester are plastics, metals, polystyrene, fabrics, tyres, and wooden furniture. The Willow Brook has been identified as one of the most significantly affected watercourses.

Willow Brook is in the eastern part of the Leicester and is just over a mile long and outfalls into Grand Union Canal and eventually the River Soar. The Willow Brook is a highly engineered watercourse and flows through an industrial and densely populated area of the city.

As a result, there is an ongoing issue with litter and waste accumulating in the brook and adjacent dry weather channel. Particularly litter originating from fly tipping. This is having a negative impact on the environment, by reducing water quality, impacting visual amenity of the area and damaging the health of plants and animals. In addition, litter and waste can accumulate, leading to blockages and increasing the risk of flooding. 

In response to this issue, we are undertaking a pilot project on the Willow Brook, using a two phased approach:

  1. Education and awareness among residents and businesses –distributing leaflets and posters as part of an education campaign and undertaking a survey in the local area to increase awareness and gather feedback.
  2. Enforcement - CCTV cameras will be installed in selected litter hotspots to identify individuals and businesses who are fly tipping and disposing of litter incorrectly into the watercourse and surrounding urban area. Offenders will be fined and legal action taken (where appropriate).

We will also explore whether the Willow Brook will benefit from the installation of a temporary or permeant litter collection device. However, the initial work on the project will focus on community engagement and enforcement, with the aim of reducing the amount of litter entering and accumulating in the brook.

The outcomes and conclusions of this project will inform the wider litter management strategy for watercourses in Leicester.

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