Posted & filed under Community Resilience, In The Press.

Southwell has a network of CSOs in certain parts of town which can be overwhelmed during heavy rainfall events.

The Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill 2019-20 is a Private Members Bill introduced by Phillip Dunne MP. It had its First Reading on 5 February 2020. Second Reading is scheduled to take place on 22 January 2021. Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill Briefing Paper

The Bill would amend the Water Industry Act 1991 and place a duty on water companies to ensure that untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers or other inland water bodies. As water quality is a devolved matter, the Bill would only apply to inland waters in England.

Discharges of untreated sewage into rivers and watercourses are currently permitted under certain circumstances. This usually occurs when existing infrastructure is unable to cope with surges in sewage and waste water. This is often caused by additional flows from wet weather. These are known as combined sewer overflows (CSOs).

The Environment Agency is responsible for issuing discharge permits under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. However, water companies are not required by law to report on all types of CSOs. In 2019, reports show that raw sewage was discharged into English rivers on over 200,000 occasions.

The Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill would promote greater transparency from water companies by requiring them to produce and maintain a register of sewerage assets. The performance of these assets would also be reported on twice a year.

The Bill would also require the Secretary of State to report annually on the measures being taken to reduce CSOs and their impacts. Specific measures proposed (but not required) in the Bill include reducing the amount of sewage produced by domestic properties or minimising the polluting content of sewage.

The Bill has received backing from several environmental groups including Salmon and Trout Conservation, Surfers Against Sewage, Angling Trust and The Rivers Trust.

The Government has stated that it supports the intentions of the new Bill. However, it has highlighted that measures to tackle CSOs are already underway. The Environment Bill 2019-21 also contains reforms to drainage and sewerage management.

Flood Protection Certificates

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Insurance, insurance - Flood Re.

This is a new initiative proposed by Flood Re who have commissioned a report on developing a blueprint for how Flood Protection Certificates can support household climate resilience. They would be intended to be a document for the homeowner and any potential purchasers or renters of the property which sets out the severity of its… Read more »

Property Flood Resilience by Whitehouse

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Flood Mitigation.

Nottinghamshire County Council appointed Whitehouse to undertake Property Flood Resilience to 138 properties in the Southwell area. They undertook all community engagement, survey, design, installation and post installation customer service at each of the properties identified. Read more here or in downloadable form Nottinghamshire-County-Council-Southwell-PFR NCC Flood Risk Management Team were awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ award… Read more »

Flood and coastal risk management strategy 2020

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Emergency Planning, Flood Mitigation, In The Press, Planning.

Here is the Environment Agency FCERM strategy which was launched in September 2020 and on which the webinar at the Flood and Coast conference ‘Creating Climate Resilient Places’ was based. Community resilience and involvement in decisions about their environment is a key feature in the strategy for example (edited extracts) Local people and local partners… Read more »

Planning for the future – consultation response to Part 1.

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National Flood Forum collated responses from local flood action groups, including Southwell Flood Forum and sent this letter (download) to the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government – our MP Rt Hon Robert Jenrick is Secretary of State for this department. A major planning overhaul in England will allow ‘automatic’ planning permission for new… Read more »

Flood and Coast Conference Report and Video

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Emergency Planning, Flood Mitigation, FRAMES, Natural Flood Management, Nottingham Trent University, Trent Rivers Trust, Watercourse Clearing.

This is usually a national two-day event at Telford and Tim Farr and Jacky Huson attended in 2017 when Tim was invited to give a presentation on Southwell Flood Forum and be on a panel. This year they are offering a series of webinars, the first of which is Creating Climate Resilient Places. These digital… Read more »

Notice from Severn Trent Water

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience.

We’ve all found ourselves in unprecedented times with COVID-19 over the last few months. Many of us are at still at home more and looking for ways to keep busy. Everyone’s cleaning the car or the patio more, and making their gardens look lovely, all of which uses a lot of water. It’s been quite… Read more »

Natural Flood Management news

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience, Flood Mitigation, Natural Flood Management, Trent Rivers Trust.

Work continues to transform Southwell’s flood defences Nottinghamshire County Council is working alongside Trent Rivers Trust, local farmers and various partners to drastically improve flood defences in Southwell. This work forms part of a wider scheme worth up to £5m which will involve engineering work to construct new flood defences across the town as well… Read more »

Celebrating the FRAMES project: Improving Flood Resilience within Southwell

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience, Events, FRAMES, Natural Flood Management, Trent Rivers Trust.

Work to improve Southwell’s flood resilience is being celebrated at a free event at Southwell Library on 11 March, 6.00pm – 8.30pm.  The event, open to all residents, will showcase the work undertaken by Southwell Flood Forum, National Flood Forum, Trent Rivers Trust and Nottinghamshire County Council as part of the FRAMES project ‘Improving Flood… Read more »