Council asks for views on flooding

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By Teddington People | Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:41

After the recent floods, Richmond Council is asking for local feedback to help it manage its response to floods in a more co-ordinated and strategic way.

A recently introduced law means that local authorities now have the responsibility to lead the management of local flood risk and must set out clear advice to local communities on how flood risk will be managed.

Residents, businesses, and landowners are being asked to give their views on areas across the borough that have flooded in the past and also places they feel may be vulnerable to flooding in the future and how these risks should be managed.

This could include sightings and experiences during the floods as well as any preparations made before and during the heavy rainfalls.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“The Council is protecting its residents, businesses, properties, and infrastructure from flooding through these legal powers and we would like as many people as possible to give their views and help shape our local flood risk strategy. You can tell us whether you have experienced or seen flooding during the recent heavy rainfalls, how it affected you, and how you prepared yourself before and during the flooding.

“The information you provide as part of this consultation will be used to increase our knowledge of flood risk issues in the borough and inform the development of how we will protect the environment from future risks.”

Anyone wanting to take part in the survey can complete the questionnaire online at: https://consultation.richmond.gov.uk/community-engagement/local-flood-risk-management-strategy-for-richmond/consult_view

Survey forms will be available in the borough’s libraries and in the Civic Centre, which can be returned by post to Planning Policy , London Borough of Richmond upon Thames , Civic Centre, 44 York Street , Twickenham , TW1 3BZ .

The information provided will remain anonymous and will not be published in such a way where the content could identify an individual or property. The closing date for responses is 28 February 2014.

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