Council launches consultation on flood plans

East Riding Council logo.
East Riding Council logo.

East Riding Council has launched a consultation on plans for managing flood risk in the area over the coming years.

The 2007 floods were the catalyst for new laws giving councils powers and responsibilities to reduce local flood risk.

Since 2007, the council has built various flood defence schemes.

With flood risk from rivers, groundwater and, as we saw in 2013, the sea, the East Riding is an area that is more susceptible to flooding than most.

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out how the council and other organisations, such as the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water, should plan to reduce the risk of flooding to local residents and businesses.

As part of these plans, a consultation is being undertaken to allow members of the public to learn more about the proposals.

Along with the strategy, the council is also consulting on a Flood Risk Management Plan for the Hull and Haltemprice area, which includes Bilton. This is the first of a number of these types of plan that the council is producing for a number of areas across the East Riding that seek to understand flood risk and identify the need for new flood defence works.

The council will start studies for the Lower Derwent area, including Pocklington, over the next 12 months.

Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at the council, said: “This authority takes the issue of flooding very seriously and continues to take a planned approach to reducing the risk of flooding across the East Riding.

“Managing flood risk is critical for East Riding residents and businesses and we would really welcome people’s views on our proposals to address this problem.”

The consultation is underway and ends on 10 April. The draft documents and details of how to respond are available to view on the flood pages of the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/flooding

For further information about the consultation, contact the authority’s flood risk strategy team on 01482 391705 or email floods@eastriding.gov.uk