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 who had the opportunity to meet with Environment Agency representatives at a public meeting in February and a drop- in session on Riverside car park in September. Environment Agency representatives have also visited Rubby Banks and spoken with residents. Residents of Waterloo Road, Riverside and Derwentside Gardens and other areas likely to be directly affected will be given the same opportunities.
The Environment Agency in partnership with CFAG will be holding a two day event in Bryson’s old shop on 11/12th November. Members of the public will be able to drop in and gain information about the proposed defences. In the mean time residents whose homes are most at risk of flooding will be able to collect a bag containing items that would be useful in a flooding situation.
Cockermouth Flood Action Group believes that its time and energy must be focused on prevention. We cannot change the past but we can change the future. The flood of 2009 was caused by a huge sustained weather system causing rain to fall on already water logged ground. There is no denying that weather patterns in the United Kingdom have altered and the event of 2009 will be seen again if we don’t make changes, hence the need for increased flood defences on the River Derwent and Cocker. We are not only concentrating on river defences but also issues such as surface water drainage and land management to slow the flow of water into the reservoirs and rivers during times of extreme rainfall. Gravel is an issue that concerns many residents and we are delighted to report that there is now a gravel management strategy in place and information about this strategy will be available at the event in November.
Cockermouth Flood Action Group