Residents asked for flood plan feedback

A nationwide consultation about flood risk planning is under way and Edinburgh residents are encouraged to have their say.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) will be producing a Flood Risk Management Strategy for each Local Plan District in December 2015.

Until 2 June 2015, members of the public and interested organisations will be able to feed back their comments about draft local flood risk management objectives and actions via an online survey. Possible solutions to alleviate flooding will also be presented. 

The City of Edinburgh Council is the lead local authority for the Forth Estuary district, which also includes Clackmannanshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Lothian Councils. 

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “This consultation will help SEPA and the Council to finalise a Flood Risk Management Strategy / Plan for the whole Forth Estuary area later this year. It’s a complex document but we hope that anyone who is interested in informing future flood management plans takes the time to complete the questionnaire.”

The following text is extracted from SEPA’s web pages about the consultation: 

“There is a large amount of information available in this consultation. We do not anticipate everyone responding to have an interest in all areas. Some will want to see information only on where they live or work. Others will want to consider flood risk management at a regional or national scale. The search functions on the online consultation help support these different needs.

“Scotland has been arranged into 14 Local Plan Districts. Each Local Plan District has its own consultation containing the following information:

A short overview document defining the Local Plan District, the flood risk authorities involved and a summary of the flood risk.
River, coastal and surface water flooding chapters, summarised separately for each Local Plan District.
Potentially Vulnerable Area Datasheets containing detailed information on the sources of flooding, impacts of flooding and existing actions to manage flood risk. (Potentially Vulnerable Areas within each Local Plan District were identified and consulted upon in 2011. These are priority areas where the risk and impacts of flooding are agreed to be nationally significant and where the focus of identifying new actions to manage risk will be greatest).

“The objectives and actions will set out the intention for how flooding should be managed in each Local Plan District and Potentially Vulnerable Area. Alongside these objectives and actions will be a six year delivery plan covering the period 2016 to 2022.”

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