Wiltshire council has set up two Operational Flood Working Groups, one in the north and the other in the south of county.
The groups operate under strict terms of reference and are chaired by elected members:
- Councillor Simon Jacobs in the North
- Mike Hewitt in the South
- Councillor Jonathon Seed is the portfolio holder for flooding and attends both meetings
The groups mirror the river catchment areas operated by the Environment Agency and are a forum for stakeholders with interests in:
- Highways surface water
- Surface water run off
- Drainage and flooding to consider the issues relating to flooding and drainage within their respective catchment areas
- Wessex Water
- Thames Water
- Highways Agency
- Network Rail
- Environment Agency
These issues cover such items as:
- Identifying lead authorities for each issue to enable better more focused, efficient and coordinated response, enabling resources and funding to be targeted effectively
- To make recommendations for bids to fund major projects
- To consider proposals for prioritising funding and programming of schemes
- To implement government legislation on drainage and flood management
- To comply with legal requirements to map our surface water and establish collaborative information with our partners.
- To respond to community area boards in respect of flooding and drainage issues
- To communicate with members of the public regarding the work we are doing via the Wiltshire Magazine and parish newsletter
Initial requests for assistance from the public will be assessed by staff from the divisional highways offices. If they cannot be dealt with locally they will be referred to the drainage engineers. The weather and drainage manager will prioritise schemes in accordance with the following criteria,
|People||Protect life ||Evacuation|
|Houses||Protect life and dwellings||Flood alleviation equipment|
|Commercial property||Project property||Protect critical utilities infrastructure|
|Roads||Protect life, dwellings and essential access to main roads||Road closures, diversions and flood alleviation equipment|
|Gardens/Agricultural Land||None||No action taken|
Town and parish councils wishing to attend the meeting are to advise the secretary of the group email@example.com of their attendance and issues they would like discussed.
|16 May 2018 ||9:30am - 1pm||North||Chippenham Town Hall, High Street, SN15 3ER|
|13 June 2018||10:00am - 1pm||South|
Nadder Centre, Weaveland Road, Tisbury SP3 6HJ
|18 July 2018||9:30am - 1pm||North||Devizes Corn Exchange, Market Place, SN10 1HS|
|15 August 2018||10:00am - 1pm||South|
To be confirmed
You can read the notes of the latest Operational Flood Working Group meetings in the download section.
The meetings alternate monthly between the north and south of the county.
Downloads - Meeting notes
Wiltshire council often approaches landowners to request them to clear overgrown and blocked ditches and watercourses where there is a risk of flooding. However, there is an extensive network of watercourses and ditches in the county it has been found that parish and town councils have in many cases been successfully able to provide valuable assistance in identifying and helping to resolve these issues including working with us to help reduce the risk of flooding in their communities.
As part of the partnership working initiative we have asked parish and town councils to become more involved in the early stages of this process and using your local knowledge and contacts to make the initial informal approaches to landowners to undertake clearance of their ditch or watercourse.
The suggested approach is set out below:
An informal approach by (telephone or email) from a parish or town council representative is made asking a landowner to clear ditches and watercourses.
If there is no action by the landowner the first letter can be sent requesting action.
If the clearance is still not undertaken a second letter can be sent to the landowners.
Should you encounter any problems please do not hesitate to contact the council’s drainage team who can then prioritise any further action as appropriate. If necessary then may also instruct the council’s legal team should any formal legal action be necessary or arrange for a referral to the Environment Agency where a watercourse is a main river.
If you would like to discuss this matter further or require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Renate Malton, Project Officer on 01225 712514 (mobile 07827 954856) or by email firstname.lastname@example.orgClose
Downloads - Town and parish ditch project
Lead Local Flood Authorities are required, under Section 21 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, to establish and maintain:
(a) A register of structures or features which, in the opinion of the authority, are likely to have a significant effect on a flood risk in its area, and
(b) A record of information about each of those structures or features, including information about ownership and state of repair.
The Act goes on to state that ‘the lead local flood authority must arrange for the register to be available for inspection at all reasonable times’.
Wiltshire council has chosen to use a web-based system that will be accessible to the public. Through the course of our work on flood investigations and local flood risk assessments we are collecting data on structures and features which are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk within Wiltshire. Examples may include flood defences, bridges, culverts, drainage ditches and embankments. They can be natural or man-made.
We record relevant information about each asset, including its ownership and condition, and why it is significant to local flood risk.This site is still under construction and will be updated periodically as we become aware of further significant assets.
The latest available Asset Register can be found in the download section below.Close