In response to the new duties and powers given to the County Council in its new role as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) under the Flood & Water Management Act 2010 we established an officer group to begin to address the requirements of the Act in early 2010.
The group meets approximately quarterly and brings together all of the relevant flood risk management organisations including representatives from the County Council as well as the water companies, the Environment Agency, adjoining LLFAs (Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight), district councils along with parish councils and national parks.
Implementing the Act is a new learning process for everyone so we aim to share experiences and best practice and achieve a joined-up and consistent approach to managing flood risk.
Two sub-groups have been established; one to consider the register and third party assets aspects of the Act and another to address the more complex issue of SuDs.
The strategic group held a successful workshop for district council officers and members in early April 2011 as a way of disseminating information and engaging more fully with partners. Similar briefings for County Council Members and Parish Councils have also been held more recently. It is likely that we will organise similar events in the future.