Sunday, 13 July 2008

Flooding - A Government Response - 8th July

The Stationery Office published Flooding: Government Response to the Committees Fifth Report of Session 2007–08 (publication number HC901) on 8th July 2008

This is the government response to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee report on flooding published on 7th May this year. The EFRA Committee undertook a very wide consultation and made some excellent recommendations, not only on flood mitigation but also on drainage.

The 18-page government response to the report is clear and offers some key recommendations which are relevant to the Stonehenge application. These include the following.

Local authorities should have a statutory duty for surface water drainage. It should be the duty of the local authority to ensure its area is, and continues to be, effectively drained of precipitation to an agreed national standard of service

Any proposed new scheme should have an estimated maintenance schedule in the same way that it is accompanied by a construction bill of quantities

A key component….is the maintenance schedule over the whole life of the asset

Local people have to be involved, and consulted, in the formulation of decisions about watercourse and river maintenance

This is just a tiny selection. The full report can be found at:

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