Have a say on flood plan

DERBYSHIRE residents and businesses are being asked for their views to help Derbyshire County Council draw-up a new plan to address flooding.

New powers were given to the council by the Government to help prevent, protect and prepare against the effects of flooding in the future. One of the first tasks is to produce a plan called the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and a consultation has been launched to find out where the problems are and what should be done about them.

Comments will be used to help decide: the roles and responsibilities of the organisations involved in preventing, preparing and protecting against flooding; what these organisations want to achieve, how they will do it and when; what the costs and benefits are likely to be of any measures proposed; where the problems are and how they might be addressed; how progress will be reviewed.

The consultation and strategy will focus on the risk of flooding from: surface water caused by extreme rainfall; small ‘ordinary’ watercourses such as ditches, streams and brooks. Larger main rivers are the responsibility of the Environment Agency and will be covered in a separate plan; ground water rising up from underlying rocks or water flowing from underground springs; drainage on roads.

The consultation can be found at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/floodrisk. Questionnaires are also available from libraries. The closing date is December 7.