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Public responses help shape new plan to cut flooding risk in Cambridgeshire

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A new plan to reduce the risk of flooding in Cambridgeshire over the next five years has been approved.

Members of the county council’s environment and green investment committee agreed the Cambridgeshire Flood Risk Management Strategy and supporting action plan at its latest meeting.

The council is responsible for developing, maintaining and applying a local flood risk management strategy (LFRMS) for the county.

New strategy aims to cut the risk of scenes like this in Cavalry Drive March.
New strategy aims to cut the risk of scenes like this in Cavalry Drive March.

The key objectives of the strategy are: understanding flood risk in Cambridgeshire, managing the likelihood of flooding, helping residents to manage their own risk, ensuring appropriate development in Cambridgeshire and improving flood prediction, warning and post flood recovery.

The newly agreed strategy and action plan will run until 2027 and was agreed following a public consultation which lasted for nearly two months until late January.

The consultation received 31 responses, which led to changes in areas including: greater reference to the natural and historic environment, greater representation of local flooding issues, the impact of new development on flood risk, communication with the community and more details around timescales.

Cllr Lorna Dupré, chair of the council’s environment and green investment committee, said: “As we saw last year flooding is something which affects many of our residents and is something we take extremely seriously.

“I am pleased we now have a new strategy and action plan in place and would like to thank everyone who took the time to share their views which have been taken into consideration and helped shape this important document. We will now be working with partner organisations to improve flood prediction and identify and deliver projects to address flooding and flood risk.”

The strategy and action plan are included in the meeting’s agenda, which can be viewed here.

Residents can check their flood risk by using the online flood maps to check whether they’re at risk of flooding at https://www.gov.uk/check-flooding.

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