Adoption of flood plan in Huntingdonshire villages

Cllr Jon Neish, Cllr Steve Hodgson, and Cllr Simon Bywater.

Cllr Jon Neish, Cllr Steve Hodgson, and Cllr Simon Bywater. - Credit: HDC

Huntingdonshire District Council has marked the adoption of the Houghton and Wyton Parish Flood Plan, as a great example of a parish proactively planning and taking steps to reduce the impact of any future flood events.

The news comes in Flood Action Week and Houghton and Wyton community flood action group presented Houghton and Wyton Parish Council’s flood plan to executive councillor for Community Resilience and Well-Being, Simon Bywater and executive councillor for Strategic Planning and Emergency Planning, Jon Neish.

This work follows a review Huntingdonshire District Council conducted of local flood arrangements with key partners earlier in the year to ensure that all steps are being taken to try and prevent and reduce the damage caused by future flooding events.

The Flooding Review, carried out by a cross party overview and scrutiny group, involved key partners including Cambridgeshire County Council as the Local Lead Flood Authority, the Environment Agency (with responsibility for major rivers), and Anglian Water as Huntingdonshire’s local water company.

The district council sent all parish councils a letter earlier in the year urging communities to be aware of the risks and steps that can be taken to minimise the risk of a flood.

Councillor Jon Neish said: “Following the events of last Christmas, Huntingdonshire District Council reviewed local flood arrangements to see how we could reduce the impact caused by flooding.

“Events like this have a significant impact on our residents, communities and local businesses and can destroy livelihoods.

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“We strongly welcome the steps Houghton and Wyton Parish Council have taken on behalf of their communities, having just finished their plan. I want to encourage all residents and parishes to follow their lead and take steps to plan for what they would do in the event of flood conditions in the future.”

The district council’s flood advice page has been updated and can be viewed here at: www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/environmental-issues/flooding/.



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Notes to editor: Photo - (L) Executive Councillor for Strategic Planning and Emergency Planning, Jon Neish, (M) Chair of Houghton and Wyton Community Flood Action Group, Steve Hodgson, Executive Councillor for Community Resilience and Well-Being, Councillor Simon Bywater (R)

Media contacts: Shakoofeh Shah, Communications Executive, Tel: 077324 06370 Email: Shakoofeh.Shah@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

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