Below are the documents that were presented at the community information day on Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November. Current Proposals November 2011 Cockermouth Historic Flooding Outlines Historic flooding in Cockermouth Cockermouth flood risk management Plan (November 2011) Cockermouth Flood Risk Management Q & A The Environment Agency’s approach to River Maintenance
Cockermouth Flood Action Group would like to thank the residents of Cockermouth for voting YES to the increased council tax payment in order to enable the building of the flood defences. For those of you who voted NO, we do understand your reasons and why you believe the community should not contribute to the defences. The only way for us to achieve defences is for us to make a financial contribution. Protection of Cockermouth from future flooding events is our main priority; the YES vote means we are nearing our goal. The next hurdle is to ensure that affected residents are as happy as possible with the design of the proposed flood defences. Rubby Banks representatives will be meeting with the Environment Agency project manager today to discuss the project design and other issues that concern them. This meeting is part of the ongoing public consultation with Rubby Banks residents
Jenny Benson is going to tackle the 40 mile charity bike ride on Sunday 18 September to raise money for vital flood defence work in the town. Jenny is a Flood Warden for Cockermouth Flood Action Group and she helps other people ensure they are better prepared for any future flooding. If you’d like to sponsor her bike ride go to: http://justgiving.com/jenny-benson.
Letter to Cockermouth Post August 2011 Don’t panic, it’s not happening yet, but with our Town’s past history without defences it certainly will and what will make it worse next time is that traders will say “enough is enough” and throw in the towel, that will lead to shops being unable to be sold or let, once a few shops get boarded up many will follow, and before you know where you are the town will appear run down, once that happens your properties will devalue, not just by a few pounds but by tens of thousand of pounds. Yes the Cockermouth Flood Action Group has heard all the stories, “but I live on a hill and will never flood” – very true, many of you do, but it’s not necessarily your property we are looking at, it’s the entire infrastructure, the shops, the offices, transport, parking and then all