Wirral Flood and Water Management
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
A report by the Director of Technical Services/Strategic Change Programme informed the Cabinet that the Flood & Water Management Act 2010 and the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 established Wirral Council as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). LLFAs were required to lead the strategic management of local flood risk (arising from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses in addition to tidal flooding and coastal erosion) within their district boundaries.
Wirral was at risk of local flooding, with a substantial number of domestic properties identified as at risk from potential future flooding. The responsibilities attached to the LLFA role, place substantial new burdens on Wirral Council in managing these flood risks. A report to the Cabinet on 17 March 2011 (Minute No. 354 refers) provided an introduction to these new responsibilities and detailed initial work on their implementation.
The report detailed progress to date and included information on Wirral’s Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA), the new LLFA responsibilities and duties; and the funding proposals surrounded these new responsibilities and duties.
(1) the proposals to meet the Council’s responsibilities as the LLFA under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 be approved, in particular the acceptance of the PFRA as a Flood Risk Management policy document be endorsed and the Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee be tasked with responsibility for overseeing the Council’s implementation of the new burdens; and
(2) the proposals to utilise the financial allocation made to Wirral Council to undertake the new responsibilities under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 through the creation of a new position within the Drainage Team, subject to usual Council procedures be acknowledged.
Publication date: 26/07/2011
Date of decision: 21/07/2011
Decided at meeting: 21/07/2011 - Cabinet
Effective from: 03/08/2011