Southampton Council - The strategy for the management of flood risk in Southampton is out for consultation. Communities, businesses and landowners in Southampton are being asked for their views on a coordinated plan to deal with flooding in the city. As part of our responsibilities as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Southampton City Council has prepared a draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy which will help to improve the city's preparedness and resilience in the event of flooding and manage the risks involved. We are now seeking feedback on the strategy and invite people to give us their views by 11 April 2014 . Flooding is a real risk faced by residents and businesses across Southampton. While it is not possible to prevent all flooding, residents, businesses and the relevant authorities can work together as a community to try and reduce the risk and minimise the potential damage that flooding can cause. The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy will provide an overview of the flood risk in Southampton and the potential sources of flooding. It also outlines proposals for how we can better manage flood risk across the city to improve our resilience. The strategy sets out how the council and the relevant partner authorities propose to work together to manage local flood risk from a variety of sources including surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses. Although not a requirement, the strategy also outlines how we propose to deal with other types of flood risk including tidal and main river. The strategy outlines what actions can be taken citywide and locally. These include: Citywide: Significant flood risk management projects to reduce the potential impact of flooding The management of flood risk through careful spatial and land-use planning The improvement of public knowledge and awareness of flooding The designation of structures or features which help to reduce flood risk Local: The promotion of the use of individual property level protection (PLP) measures Support to help communities establish local community flood groups The retrofit of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) Councillor Warwick Payne , Southampton City Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, said: "Given the recent storms, flooding is very much at the forefront of people's minds. We've been working on our flood strategy for some time and now, more than ever, it's important that everyone works together to keep Southampton above water. "The city has escaped the worst of the floods seen nationally so far, and that's partly down to the work that's been carried out in previous years to prevent flooding. However, we can't be complacent, and our new strategy sets out what we plan to do to keep Southampton safe from the advancing waters. "We're keen to hear the views of businesses, community groups and residents, and to work with them to minimise the risks and damage caused by flooding." The draft strategy and supporting documents can be viewed and downloaded at www.southampton.gov.uk/localfloodrisk , or you can view a hard copy of the proposals in Central Library or Gateway in Southampton. .
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