Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “All year round we work with a wide range of partners, including the Environment Agency, water companies, and district and parish councils to manage water and flood risk, and to help make communities more resilient to the impact water can have both in terms of flooding and drought. Our priority is to protect people, homes, businesses and key infrastructure.
“Since local authorities were first given the responsibility of Lead Local Flood Authority in 2013, we’ve learnt a lot through our own experience. The severe flooding endured across the county in the winter of 2014 has taught us valuable lessons, we have access to new research on climate change, and new guidance on coastal erosion – all of which will form part of our new Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.
“Flood and water management affects all our communities, and we very much want to hear the views of residents and organisations across the county on our draft strategy so we can continue to work together to put Hampshire in the best position we can for the future.”
The draft Local Flood and Water Management Strategy sets out how the whole water cycle and local flood risks will be managed in Hampshire by the County Council, in conjunction with the other authorities and organisations involved, with a focus on:
- Avoiding risks and managing water resources through effective planning and design;
- Preventing future flooding by reducing or removing existing risks;
- Adapting to flood risk in order to minimise the impact and enable normal life to return as soon as possible;
- Enabling communities to be better prepared to react to flood events and recover more easily; and
- Adopting effective practices that are sustainable and affordable now and in the future.