Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Consultation

This is the first strategy for flood risk management in Cheshire East. The strategy will help to ensure that the Council, the Environment Agency, United Utilities, neighbouring and other authorities work together to protect homes, businesses and other infrastructure from flooding, whilst ensuring all other relevant considerations are taken into account.

It considers how various measures or activities can help to manage flood risk, from better planning of new development to ensuring emergency responders understand which locations are at greatest risk.

As a Lead Local Flood Authority, the Council has the duty, under Section 9 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, to put in place a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) to manage all sources of flood risks.

The Strategy is an important tool to help understand and manage flood risk within Cheshire East. It seeks to increase awareness of the flood risk in the Borough, and to encourage better co-operation and communication between organisations involved in flood risk management and the public. 

We are now seeking the views of residents, groups and businesses on our draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

The responses provided from this consultation will help shape the final Strategy document, which will be implemented to manage flood risk across the Cheshire East.

Public consultation is a statutory requirement under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

The consultation period is proposed to run for 6 weeks from Wednesday 16 August 2017 to Wednesday 27 September 2017.

You can comment on the strategy online or by:

LFRMS Consultation
c/o Flood Risk Management Team
Delamere House
Delamere Street
Crewe
CW1 2JZ

Hard copies of the document will be available for review at the following council buildings, please request to view a copy at the front desk:

The closing date for the consultation is Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Flood risk management

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Cheshire East Council has been designated as a Lead Local Flood Authority ( LLFA ). As LLFA , we have powers and duties to manage flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Investigating and recording incidents of ‘significant’ flooding
  • Establishing and maintaining a register of structures or features which are considered to have an effect on flood risk
  • Developing, maintaining, applying and monitoring a local strategy from flood risk management across the borough
  • Consenting works that affect the flow of ordinary watercourses (watercourses that are not designated a ‘Main River’ by the Environment Agency and therefore come under the powers of Cheshire East Council. These watercourses can vary in size considerably and can range from drains and open ditches, to streams, brooks and small rivers. Like many watercourse systems the network has many culverts, of various sizes, throughout the Borough).
  • Commenting on surface water drainage proposals for major planning applications as a statutory consultee.

Be prepared and keep up to date with the latest flood warnings from the Environment Agency and Met Office.

A number of other organisations have specific roles within flood risk management. These include:

  • Environment Agency – Managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.
  • United Utilities – Operating and maintaining the condition of sewerage systems including foul, surface water and combined systems.
  • Riparian Owners – Maintaining the river bed and banks within their section of the watercourse. A riparian owner is anyone who has a watercourse within or adjacent to any boundary of their property. Further information can be found by reading the Environment Agency guide to your rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership