Worthing residents have a chance to have their say on how flood risk is managed in West Sussex in the future. During heavy rains last June Worthing Hospital and Davison School playing field were severely affected by flooding.
A public consultation will seek opinions on the new ‘West Sussex Local Flood Risk Management Strategy’ – a document designed so West Sussex County Council can meet its duties of managing local flood risk.
It is the first flood risk management strategy drawn up for West Sussex since the County Council became the lead authority for flooding in 2010.
It will guide engineers on how to prioritise where money should be invested to minimise flood risks for local communities.
The strategy sets out how the County Council will work alongside the Environment Agency, Southern Water, Internal Drainage Boards, the Highways Agency and district and borough councils to manage flood risk – and what each authorities’ roles and responsibilities are.
A future programme of work has been drawn up.
The document considers:
- What is flood risk?
- Where is flood risk within West Sussex?
- What should we invest in?
- Where should we invest?
- What should be done first?
- Who should maintain and pay for what we build?
The strategy will help the County Council achieve its goal of making communities in West Sussex better prepared and more resilient to extreme weather.
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, Lionel Barnard, said: “Although the greatest floods in history have been caused by rivers bursting their banks or by coastal sea flooding, it is surface water flooding which has caused the most problems for our communities in recent times.
“This strategy will identify the action we need to take over the coming years to reduce the risk of flooding affecting residents as badly again.
“We want as many people as possible to read this strategy and tell us if there is anything they think we have missed.”
The public are being asked to answer the following questions:
- Is the purpose of the strategy clear?
- Do you agree with the work programme listed?
- Have any significant flood risk areas not been considered?
- Is the strategy easy to understand?
- Do you agree with the structure?
- Is there anything missing?
- Overall, do you think the strategy will be successful in reducing flood risk?
The deadline for the public to respond is Monday 9 September.
If you would like to comment, email: email@example.com or write to: Mr J.P. Carter, West Sussex County Council, Drayton Depot, Drayton, Oving, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2AJ.