Huge Work Necessary for Flood Resilience, says UK Charity

The National Flood Forum, the UK charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities at risk of flooding, says people believe there is still a huge amount of work to be done to successfully manage and reduce flood risk.

The NFF manifesto, issued just before the Election, reflects the views of a public survey conducted by the charity at the end of 2014, in which respondents identified three areas of focus:

1. Flooding is a national priority: for Government and everyone.  Without action many more people will flood.

2. Putting communities first: A step change to put the needs of people at the centre of flood risk management.

3. Do what we are already doing better: Review and improve.

In particular, with reference to flooding and surface water drainage, the manifesto calls for:

  • A clear Government ambition to reduce the residual number of households at risk of flooding through a clear, long term, cross-government approach, taking account of projected increases in flood risk
  • A review of the standards for drainage, sewerage and highway drains.  Are they current for our current weather patterns and infrastructure loads?  Are they adequate for projected scenarios in 20 and 50 years’ time?
  • The Pitt Review recommendations to be delivered in full
  • Implementation of SuDs in ways that meet the aspirations of the Pitt Review.  Issues include:
      • Long term maintenance of SuDs schemes
      • The automatic right to connect to sewerage and drains;
      • The impact that even minor development can have (including the paving over of driveways)
  • Invest in flood risk management now to prevent much bigger costs later
  • Simplify and clarify Partnership Funding arrangements to encourage small applications
  • Review how the planning system actually operates for flood risk management and can contribute to addressing flood problems, from development plans and development control to building inspections

For full details of the manifesto visit:  http://www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk/manifesto/

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