Scotland Consults on Flood Risk

The most comprehensive review of flood risk ever undertaken in Scotland is being carried out by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and local authorities. Sustainable ways to tackle flooding and areas most at risk are being identified in a nationwide consultation.

Members of the public and businesses have until June 2 to submit their views which will be taken into account when creating new flood risk management strategies.

Scotland has been divided into 14 districts for planning purposes – with each publishing its own flood risk plan by the end of this year.

SEPA Executive Director Dr David Pirie said: “This consultation is an important opportunity for people across Scotland to have their say on how flood risk is managed in the future.

“The main flooding issues and flood impacts across Scotland are set out in the consultation with a vision for how flooding should be managed. We have been working closely with local authorities to identify the most suitable actions to manage flood risk, and this is targeted towards areas where it will be most effective based on improved knowledge of the sources and impacts of flooding.

“We would encourage people who are interested in tackling flooding and reducing its impacts on communities across Scotland to get involved and make sure your views are heard by taking part in this consultation.”

Dr Aileen McLeod, who is Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in the Scottish Government said it was crucial for Scotland to develop a well informed policy to deal with flooding.

“This consultation is another important milestone in the implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. Communities living under the threat of flooding know only too well the devastating effects it can have and that is why flooding remains a priority for this Government.

“I would urge everyone affected by flooding to take part in this important consultation, which will help to shape how we cope with, and manage, flooding in Scotland in the future.”

Publically managed utility Scottish Water, the National Parks authorities and the Forestry Commission will all have major input into the consultation.

The fourteen lead local authorities, representing 32 local authorities in Scotland are; Aberdeenshire Council, Angus Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries & Galloway Council, Edinburgh City Council, Glasgow City Council, Highland Council, Moray Council, North Ayrshire Council, Orkney Council, Perth & Kinross Council, Scottish Borders Council, Shetland Council and Stirling Council. Each of the lead authorities will publish a flood management delivery plan in June 2016 showing how flood risk will be managed, coordinated, funded and delivered until 2022.

The Flood Risk Management Act was passed by the Scottish Government in June 2009 in order to create a more sustainable and modern approach to flood risk and to be prepared for the impact of climate change.

To find out more or participate follow the  link:

Flood Risk Management Planning in Scotland

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