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Flood Improvement Works Update

Meeting: 09/11/2016 - Cabinet (Item 42)

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To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Environment concerning an update on flood alleviation works which have been completed across the City throughout 2015/2016, those that are currently in progress and to outline future proposed works.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

(1)            That the contents of this report are noted.

 

(2)            To authorise the Corporate Director to work in partnership with relevant agencies and landowners to recognise the importance of all flood alleviation works within the City in minimising the risk and impact of flooding events.

 

(3)            To recognise the importance of the ongoing partnership working to secure the best possible outcomes for residents and businesses in Gloucester in reducing flood risk, including bidding for external funding and entering into appropriate agreements on terms approved by the Council Solicitor.

 

(4)            To support officers in investigating and utilising additional resources to maximise opportunities to reduce flood risk.

 

(5)            To recognise the continued importance of information, education, consultation and signposting as funding reduces.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Environment which provided an update on flood alleviation works which have been completed across the City throughout 2015/16, those that were currently in progress and outlined future proposed works.

 

          Councillor Cook (Cabinet Member for Environment) summarised the report and highlighted that to date 131 schemes and major improvement works had been completed since 2007 to reduce the risk of future flooding across the City. Funding of approximately £1.86m has been secured from a number of sources and to date £1,331,000 has been spent on the delivery of schemes. 

           

          Councillor Organ welcomed the excellent progress and stressed the importance of continuing clearance and maintenance work which contributed to flood prevention. 

 

          Councillor Watkins (Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods) stated that she was keen that the City Council continue to look at all opportunities for flood alleviation at a local level.

 

The Managing Director reminded Cabinet that whilst the City Council continues to undertake flood alleviation schemes it would be impossible to prevent all occurrences of flooding.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

(1)          That the contents of this report be noted.

 

(2)          That the Corporate Director be authorised to work in partnership with relevant agencies and landowners to recognise the importance of all flood alleviation works within the City in minimising the risk and impact of flooding events.

 

(3)          That the importance of the ongoing partnership working to secure the best possible outcomes for residents and businesses in Gloucester in reducing flood risk be recognised, including bidding for external funding and entering into appropriate agreements on terms approved by the Council Solicitor.

 

(4)          That Officers be supported in investigating and utilising additional resources to maximise opportunities to reduce flood risk.

 

(5)          That the continued importance of information, education, consultation and signposting as funding reduces be recognised.