Humber communities invited to give their views on tidal flood risk to help shape new strategy

People living and working around the Humber are being invited to complete a public survey to help organisations working on a new tidal flood risk strategy understand local views and priorities.

The Humber 2100+ partnership, made up of 12 local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Humber LEP, are working together to come up with a new approach to managing tidal flood risk around the estuary and on the tidal rivers upstream.

They want to understand how people in the area feel about tidal flooding and how it can best be managed, and are also keen to understand what people value in their local area and would like to see protected or taken into account as part of the new strategy.

Tidal flood risk on and around the Humber is currently managed through an existing strategy, published in 2008, which will see £150m invested in new or improved flood management schemes by 2021. However, the time is right to review the approach to ensure that all communities around the estuary can continue to prosper in the face of increased tidal flood risk due to sea level rise and climate change.

The Humber 2100+ project team are currently undertaking a great deal of technical work to look at what is possible in terms of practicality, value for money and environmental considerations. However, they also want to know what people living and working in the area would like to see. All of this information will be brought together next year to develop initial options, and then a public consultation will be held to allow people to comment on the emerging proposals.

Humber Strategy Manager, Philip Winn said:

“Tidal flooding can have an effect on everything from businesses, agriculture, communities and the local environment, so we want to involve as many people as possible in shaping the new strategy – so that it truly provides a solution for all. This public survey is the first stage in gathering input from others, and there will be more opportunities to comment as we develop our plans.”  

Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Communities, the Voluntary Sector and Environment, said:

“I encourage residents living in Barnby Dun, Moorends, Stainforth, Sykehouse and Thorne where there is a potential tidal flood risk, and any other interested people, to find out more about the strategy and have their say.”

You can fill out the survey here - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HumberStrategySurvey/

More information about the Humber 2100+ partnership and the new Humber Strategy can be found here https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/humber/strategyreview/

To check if you are at risk of flooding, and find out how to prepare, visit www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk

  • Category: Environment
Last updated: 05 September 2019 17:44:45