The Environment Agency, local councils and partners are inviting residents to have their say on flooding at a series of community drop-in sessions and meetings across Cumbria.
The first drop-in sessions, detailed below, will be held in a mobile trailer with further meetings to scheduled soon to coincide with parish council meetings, dates to be confirmed:
Cockermouth: Town centre 11am to 2pm and Gote Rd 3pm to 6pm on 28 January 2016.
The drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for local people to inform flood risk management in their community by providing information on their experiences. This will help identify the extent and cause of local flooding and inform recovery work. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and access information about funding and support.
Dan Bond, Environment Agency Manager, said: “You can’t underestimate the devastating impacts of flooding to people’s lives and the key to recovering quickly, and increasing our flood resilience in the long term, is to listen to the people who experienced it first hand and learn from their experiences.
“We’ve been visiting affected communities since the flooding began in early December, and these drop-in sessions are the start of a more coordinated approach to involving local people in the development of local flood risk management plans.
“We would encourage anyone affected by flooding to come along and talk to us. We will have technical experts from the Environment Agency and County Council available to chat to, with support from a number of agencies that can provide advice and support.”
Cockermouth Flood Action Group will begin meeting again in January to discuss strategies. Our main intention will to reduce flooding. Sue Cashmore has been invited to join the Cumbria Flood Partnership headed by the flood minister. The launch meeting will be next week. Having experienced flooding five times now Sue has a good idea of the issues that need to be raised e.g defences, upland management, recovery, insurance. If you feel there are issues we might be unaware of please contact us through Facebook or our contact form on this website.
More details will follow next week.
A public meeting will be held in the new year to allow people to raise issues etc. Venue and date will announced on our Facebook page and here.