Council urges communities to join in flood resilience planning

Road in flood

Cheshire East Council is urging communities, landowners and partners to come together to help tackle the scale and extent of future flooding incidents across the borough.

The recent spells of intense rainfall on already waterlogged ground, coupled with high river levels, has brought about unprecedented episodes of flooding across the borough.

The council is appealing to farmers and all landowners to clear ditches and culverts and improve land drainage. It is taking measures on its own land to improve drainage, where necessary, while the council's highways and environmental services teams have stepped up gully cleaning and street sweeping.

Across Cheshire East, it is estimated that more than 35,000 homes and business premises are located in areas where there is a recognised risk of flooding and all property owners have a responsibility to carry out their own measures to protect their homes and property without causing any interference with neighbouring properties.

Emergency planning teams from the council and other agencies are already working with communities affected by recent flooding events. Many residents and communities, including parish and town councils, provide support and help to each other, to build resilience, and share knowledge and strategies for dealing with flood emergencies.

The joint Cheshire emergency planning team works with town and parish councils to develop a community emergency plan to provide advice and direction, build resilience in communities and enable residents and councils to coordinate their own actions and responses.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council's executive director for place, said: "It is important that we all work together to better prepare for the kind of flooding events we have experienced in the borough.

"We recognise that in some parts of the country, as well as in our borough, residents have experienced severe flooding incidents and have seen damage to their property and been forced to leave their homes or have been seriously inconvenienced by the closure of local roads.

"Naturally, we want to do all we can as a council and flood authority to try to minimise that risk here in Cheshire East but we would urge all home and property owners to check the flood risk map which shows the identified flood risk areas in the borough.

"We are working with a number of our partner agencies and organisations, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities, the Canal and River Trust, farmers and landowners.

"We are asking all landowners to take whatever steps they feel appropriate to help minimise the risk of flooding to properties, to roads and footways. If necessary, the council does have the power under the Land Drainage Act 1991, to compel landowners to do this."

Cheshire East Council continues to work within national planning policy guidelines regarding new development and flood risk to make sure that the risk of flooding is properly considered and reflected in planning decisions.

Click here for all information relating to flooding, how to prepare for flooding and the risk of flooding. 

The national flood risk map can be viewed here

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Tony Haluradivth
Saturday 16th November 2019 at 11:02 am
Here is a good tip...don't build on historical flood plains
Karen Robinson
Sunday 17th November 2019 at 8:37 am
Have we not had this amount of rain before?? What has changed to now have all of these problems?? New builds being built that aren’t selling! Extensions onto houses that don’t need extending? Relief roads that plough through fields and woodlands that don’t relieve anything when we have a bad spell of rain.
Cheshire east council has a plan of their gully cleaning team! 3 teams! Alderley Edge is down for the 15th to 17th of April 2020! 3 days to unblock the drains in Alderley! They obviously haven’t accessed the job! From 65 Heyes Lane , to the village, 80% of the grids are blocked! Only 3 grids on the whole of Trafford Road run clear, Steven Street, Clifton Street, Stamford Road, and on and on! If the rain water can’t go down into the drains then where is it to go??
Looking at our new calendar for bin collection, it looks like the green bins don’t really stop this year, so why not come together as a community and make use of them! Clear the leaves from around where you live. Those of you that get a gardener to blow your drives clear into the roads! Put them in your green bin! It’s not hard! I hear you say “that’s the job of the council! That’s why I pay council tax” We will be paying even more if it keeps going on like this! Let’s give a little helping hand. I am willing to get a map (if possible) of the grids of Alderley. Walk the streets and mark on the map, which grids need sorting out! So if you have a grid near you? Just keep an eye on it. Not hard, won’t take a minute but eventually if we get our grid and gully system working again in our village and we keep on top of it then we hopefully will be doing our bit in reducing flood problems.
Tony Haluradivth
Sunday 17th November 2019 at 9:28 am
I cannot disagree with any of the above Karen. Yes new builds and loss of front gardens exacerbate the problem. In 1865 it rained for four months solid (between March and June that year) this area was underwater in many parts..cattle died in waterlogged fields and harvests were ruined. In fact there were several very wet years on the trot. Now granted we were in the epicentre of the Industrial Revolution but the weather pattern was similar in Europe which implies it was cyclical and not down to AGW but that is the useful excuse these days. Vis a Vis leaves blocking gullues..... I see loads of fellows mindlessly blowing the leaves out of a driveway and transferring them to the roads (leaves blowing up in front of passing cars which is a hazard). What is so wrong with a rake and collecting said leaves? I must say I did get the yard brush and tackle below the kerb outside our house but had to give up because the gully was so silted up it had actually compacted hard. The gullies up near the developments on Macc'road actually have the cement run offs going in to them . Why can the developers not be fined for this kind of careless vandalism? On another thread I have asked why Heyes Lane farmland is now earmarked for big development? Take a drive down there dear readers and you will see new lakes on BOTH sides of the road. The mindless concreting has to stop and as Karen says many new builds remain unoccupied. If Comrade Corbychev hits the jackpot on 12th December we can expect a building explosion as (according to their party Conference) they have agreed to allow unrestricted immigration and an ",open door" policy. Expect your lovely back garden (which soaks up a lot of rain) to be taxed to the hilt also.
David Smith
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 3:48 pm
What does Cheshire East expect us to do?
Go out with a long stick and poke it into the drains that are blocked with leaves and silt [because they are not cleared often enough] in order to help the water away? If we did would we then receive a rebate on our council tax for doing the work that we pay Cheshire East to do for us in the first instance?
Mike Davies
Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 7:37 pm
I agree with most comments. Why don’t we just all do it - and reduce our payments to CEC?
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 12:31 pm
Isn't management-speak 'interesting'?

Resilience (Chambers Dictionary) = recoil/elasticity/in spirits.

Conjures up some strange images? A happy chap bouncing the water away !
Alan Brough
Friday 22nd November 2019 at 1:57 pm
@Karen Robinson,

I was involved in a project initiated by Cllr Ruth Norbury a few years ago whereby every street drain in the Village was inspected and a detailed report was compiled and presented to CE for action. It was pretty simple stuff and involved a group of folk wandering round the village with a stout stick and a notebook for inspection and recording purposes

I can say that many of the drains that I prodded were either badly silted up or completely blocked and it was evident that they had been for some considerable time (probably years)

I would further say that nothing has been done since, as many of those same drains remain completely blocked.
Pete Taylor
Friday 22nd November 2019 at 5:04 pm
Conservative Cheshire East Council had an eight-year contract with Ringway Jacobs plc to run the Highways Department. Before the last election the contract was up for renewal. The Cabinet renewed the contract (despite an abysmal record) for a further fifteen years. Unbelievable; presumably that’s just one of the reasons we booted them out.
David Smith
Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 11:03 pm
In 2011 I 'roamed' the roads around where I live and photographed 70 grids that were completely blocked. I sent the images to my councillor - Don Stockton, Conservative - who was 'unable' to make any difference to their condition and even now many of them are in the same condition. So why did he get enough votes to be re-elected?

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