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New flooding plan will help reduce town risk

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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A NEW plan has been outlined which will reduce the impact that flooding has on homes across Burton.

Staffordshire County Council has launched a consultation on a new strategy which will look at how more effective planning by a range of organisations will help people if they fall victim to flooding in the town.

It has been revealed that the county council will soon become responsible for approving drainage system plans for any new development in a similar way that it approves highways-related applications.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for the environment Gill Heath said: “Flooding can have a devastating impact on communities and the local economy and the new strategy is a step forward in managing and minimising flood risk.

“This is about better co-ordination, planning and supporting people and business in understanding flooding risk and reducing it.

“We can use our resources as effectively as possible and share expertise.

“Our aim is to give people better insight into preventing flood risk and alleviate problems by working with people or organisations that may be responsible.

“The new legislation will also mean we will have better infrastructure where there is a new development.”

Working with Shropshire Council, which shares similar issues to Staffordshire, the county council has developed a strategy to help reduce flood risk and, by working together, both councils can make the most of their resources and share expertise.

The new strategy sets out which organisations are responsible for flood risk in Staffordshire, how they are co-ordinated and how it will be managed.

More information is available by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/Flood-Risk-Management

Burton was left largely unscathed compared to other parts of the country which were devastated by flooding during the first two months of 2014, but the town’s vulnerability was exposed at the back end of 2012, when homes were flooded and the A38 closed as a result of the deluge. A handful of residents living near the dual carriageway were left homeless months on.

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