Decision details

The Use of Sandbags during Flooding Events

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To review the policy with regard to the provision of sandbags to the public.
Cabinet Member for Environment.




(1)  it is confirmed that householders continue to be primarily responsible for the protection of their own property;


(2)  it is confirmed that householders at frequent risk from flooding continue to be primarily responsible for being prepared in advance of the onset of flooding;


(3)  it is affirmed that the Council’s primary roles in relation to flood management in the city are:


a)    source of advice to householders to make appropriate provision for protecting their property in the event of a flooding incident and find alternative methods of protection such as flood barriers and other physical measures;


b)    to manage and maintain watercourses within its own ownership;


c)    through production of appropriate strategic planning policies and enforcement of planning conditions related to flood management and


d)    during and after a flooding incident, to provide support as requested/appropriate by the lead flood agencies (Environment Agency and Gloucestershire County Council) in this area;


(4) the policy statement outlined in Appendix 1 of the report is adopted.


Publication date: 16/07/2021

Date of decision: 14/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 14/07/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/07/2021

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