Knowsley Council is consulting with local communities and stakeholders to inform the development of its draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) and supporting documents. We are asking for your views in order to improve the LFRMS and therefore deliver better local flood risk management to local residents.
The draft LFRMS includes information on potential flooding risks in Knowsley, the legislative background and the duties of the council with respect to managing flood risk in the borough.
You can view the documents for the draft LFRMS on the council’s website as well as find the details on how you can share your feedback on the draft LFRMS.
The closing date to submit your comments is Monday 2 October 2017.
What is a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS)?
Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Knowsley Council became a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) making the council responsible for managing local flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses in Knowsley.
One of the new duties placed upon the council to assist in the management of local flood risk as an LLFA is to ‘develop, maintain, apply and monitor’ a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS).
The LFRMS provides an overview and assessment of local flood risk in Knowsley and is intended to demonstrate the council’s understanding and role in managing the flood risk within the borough as well as its role in working with other key stakeholders and the local community.
The draft LFRMS includes information on potential flooding risks in Knowsley, the legislative background and duties of the council with respect to managing flood risk and the objectives of the strategy. The objectives are supported by a number of measures and an action plan.
A fundamental aim of the LFRMS is that the council embraces and supports its role as LLFA. This means taking the lead in helping with infrastructure development and redevelopment and working with other bodies in dealing with flood risk. Knowsley Council wants to encourage and wherever possible, enforce current thinking and guidance, and be able to provide improvements through working better together in terms of supporting communities to help themselves.
The council will take a proportionate risk-based approach using the budget and resources available to reduce both the likelihood of flooding and the impacts of flooding, should it happen
Recent flood events in the UK have highlighted the fact further that flood risk in England is expected to increase due to climate change and development in areas at risk. It is not possible to prevent all flooding, but there are actions that can be taken to manage these risks and reduce the impacts on communities, the environment and infrastructure.