Leicester local flood risk management strategy

Closed 12 Oct 2014

Opened 7 Aug 2014

Feedback Updated 16 Dec 2014

We Asked

We asked for comments on our proposed strategy. The strategy sets out the city’s ambitions with regard to managing flood risk to meet the deadlines set out in the current legislation and how the council will work with other flood risk authorities; the environment agency, neighbouring district councils and the county council, the Highways Agency and Severn Trent Water Ltd. The strategy is linked in with national, regional and catchment based policies and strategies and contains a plan of actions which are to be completed within the next two years, five years and beyond.

You Said

42 responses were received to the consultation, mostly on line but a few were received on paper. The feedback and responses were generally positive and those that responded felt confident that council had the right ambitions. They acknowledged that the strategy document was easy to understand and the information presented was clear and concise. There was some areas for concern which required clarification/amends and these can be found in the consultation report.

We Did

Where possible, these suggestions have now been incorporated into the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (available at www.leicester.gov.uk/flooding) We will publish the final agreed strategy early in the New Year after consulting with the public as to whether we made the right amendments from their feedback.

Results Updated 16 Dec 2014

Public consultation on a draft strategy ran from 7 August to 12 October 2014. The responses, which were generally supportive of the strategy, are contained in the  reports available below.

The strategy sets out the city’s ambitions with regard to managing flood risk to meet the deadlines set out in the current legislation and how the council will work with other flood risk authorities; the environment agency, neighbouring district councils and the county council, the Highways Agency and Severn Trent Water Ltd.

It is linked in with national, regional and catchment based policies and strategies and contains a plan of actions which are to be completed within the next two years, five years and beyond.

42 responses were received to the consultation, mostly on line but a few were received on paper.

The feedback and responses were generally positive and those that responded felt confident that council had the right ambitions. They acknowledged that the strategy document was easy to understand and the information presented was clear and concise.

A common comment was that people had concerns with development occurring on flood plains and were keen to support reducing the number of properties at risk from flooding.  They also would like to see a stronger link between the strategy and the planning service.

A few mentioned that they would like to see more use of sustainable drainage systems within new developments, and more information on how they can contribute to sustainability. 86% of respondents expressed a desire to see an increase in green space across the city ranking it as either very important or quite important.

Another comment that arose frequently was that there was insufficient promotion of the strategy across the city. They felt that promotional material including press release, posters, and displays should have been more widely circulated especially in Highcross and city centre. Additional door knocking and leaflets through people’s doors, they suggested, would have helped to generate a greater response to the strategy.

Where possible, these suggestions have now been incorporated into the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (available below)

It is proposed to publish the final agreed strategy early in the New Year.

 

 

 

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Overview

 

Flood risk in England is increasing due to climate change and while it is not possible to prevent all flooding, understanding the risks means we can put plans in place to manage them and reduce the impacts flooding may have on our communities.

Why We Are Consulting

Leicester City Council is a lead local flood authority (LLFA) and is responsible for producing, maintaining, applying and monitoring a local flood risk management strategy (LFRMS).  

The city council is currently preparing the LFRMS for Leicester.  This strategy will form the framework within which communities will have a greater say in local risk management decisions, and will be supported in becoming better informed about flood risk issues generally.

An overview has been produced to help inform residents and businesses in the city of the emerging strategy and we want to gather views on its contents. 

Areas

  • Abbey
  • Aylestone
  • Beaumont Leys
  • Belgrave
  • Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields
  • Castle
  • Evington
  • Eyres Monsell
  • Fosse
  • Humberstone & Hamilton
  • Knighton
  • Rushey Mead
  • Saffron
  • Spinney Hills
  • Stoneygate
  • Thurncourt
  • Westcotes

Audiences

  • Children and young people
  • Working-age people
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • Full-time and part-time workers
  • Disabled people
  • Older households (65+)
  • Single people
  • Families with children, including lone parents
  • Couples
  • All households
  • Faith groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Youth clubs
  • Carers' network
  • Trade unions
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community organisations
  • Self-help groups
  • User groups
  • Third sector infrastructure groups
  • All Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Advocacy organisation
  • Police
  • NHS
  • FE colleges
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • All Public and Private Organisations
  • Directors
  • Heads of service
  • Managers, team leaders and supervisors
  • Professionals
  • All staff
  • Service users
  • Care home residents and their next of kin

Interests

  • Planning
  • Highways
  • Climate change
  • Environmental health
  • Community safety
  • Public transport