Councillors to discuss Flood Risk Management Strategy

​Date: 30/08/2016

Ref: PR8328

Senior Wakefield councillors are to discuss the district's Flood Risk Management Strategy when they meet on September 6.

Members of the Cabinet are being recommended to approve an updated strategy which outlines how the Council will work with partners and communities to manage the flood risk for people, homes and businesses.

All councils need a flood risk strategy to help them plan how to manage flood risk, reduce the risk of and help communities to recover quickly after a flooding incident.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: "We will be discussing the strategy which is all about making sure we have effective plans, so we are as well prepared as we can be for flooding. 

"This is important as we need to ensure we are resilient to flooding and our infrastructure and transport links are robust  so they continue to support the drive to regenerate our district."

A report to councillors says part of the strategy will involve supporting communities to manage the flood risk. It also recommends using a variety of resources such as flood maps, historic records and other information to help plan and manage the risk for the area.

The strategy sets out a number of detailed objectives - which include understanding the flood risk, reducing the impact of flooding, carrying out maintenance in priority areas and plans for post-flood recovery.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 6 September at Pontefract Town Hall from 10.30am to 12pm.