Yesterday the Environment Agency informed us that they would be visiting Rubby Banks:
The drop-in session will be held at the edge of the River Cocker at Riverside Car Park in the centre of the town (opposite Rubby Banks Road) on 7 September from 3pm – 7pm. It is the first of a series of drop-in sessions being held in different areas of the town, for the local community to comment on detailed designs for the flood risk management scheme.
The drop-in session will allow residents from the town to see sample designs in place along the current flood wall and provide feedback to the Environment Agency on their preferred option.
Keith Roddy, Environment Agency Project Manager, said: “By showing designs in situ at the current wall along Rubby Banks Road in Cockermouth, the local community will get a real understanding as to how our proposed flood defences will look and if see any changes are needed.
“We’re really keen to hear residents’ views on our detailed design options for the wall and our plans for our whole scheme which will reduce the risk of flooding from the Derwent and Cocker to approximately 360 homes and 55 businesses in Cockermouth.
“We will continue to work closely with the community throughout the design stage especially those directly impacted – such as those living next to the flood walls and embankments. We would, however, like input from people throughout the town – both those at risk and those not at risk from flooding – on how the designs should look.
“Residents can let us know their views by coming along to the first of our drop-in sessions at Rubby Banks Road on Wednesday 7 September from 3.00pm – 7.00pm – everyone is welcome. You can also contact us by telephone on 01768 215811.”
One in six properties in England and Wales are at flood risk and Environment Agency flood defence schemes have protected an extra 128,000 properties across in the past three years.
In Cockermouth, the Environment Agency is currently preparing a bid to secure government funding for a flood risk management scheme which will reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses in the centre of the town.
Although at the moment funding for the scheme is not guaranteed, it is vital the Environment Agency has community involvement at this stage so any issues can be addressed and a planning application can be submitted. Once all this is complete and if planning permission is granted it will allow the Environment Agency to start building the defences, if funding is secured.
Flood and coastal resilience partnership funding means that many schemes in areas at high flood risk will receive full funding from Government, whilst others receive large contributions that will go a long way towards meeting the amount needed for a flood scheme to be built.
Where additional contributions are needed, the Environment Agency works in partnership with local communities to find ways of securing private investment such as from businesses or developers who will benefit from the added protection a flood defence will bring.
As the detailed design progresses, we will confirm the amount of contribution we will need to raise for the Cockermouth Flood Risk Management Scheme. Our project team will continue to work with the Cockermouth Flood Action Group and the local community to raise funds and identify where savings could be made to reduce the overall cost of the proposed scheme, such as design and construction costs.
Even with new improved flood defences in place, there will always be a risk that flooding can occur. Be prepared by calling the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 9881188 or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
floodnorthwestfor further information.