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 should be at the heart of making local choices about the best combination of resilience actions for achieving greater flood and coastal resilience in the places in which they live and work.
  • Clearing vegetation
  • Clearing around flood defences – this includes drains, ditches, watercourses, trash screens on culverts as these are effectively part of our flood defences by getting rainfall run-off into the larger watercourses and drainage systems.
  • Working with emergency responders, community groups and volunteers to set up local flood groups
  • Training and supporting flood wardens based in local communities
  • Encouraging flood resilient building standards
  • Fitting property flood resilience measures to homes and properties

Planning for the future – consultation response to Part 1.

Posted & filed under Community Resilience, Planning.

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 »

How Natural Flood Management improved flood-risk resilience in Southwell

Posted & filed under Flood Mitigation, Natural Flood Management, Nottingham Trent University, SuDS, Trent Rivers Trust.

The Southwell FRAMES Pilot Trent Rivers Trust (TRT) led the Southwell Pilot project, which sought to improve flood resilience in Southwell through natural flood management (NFM) intervention and community engagement. During its three-year lifespan Southwell’s FRAMES project improved flood-risk resilience in the present day and for the future. In this newsletter (link to Trent Rivers… Read more »

Community group town flag launch

Posted & filed under Blog, Emergency Planning, Events.

Southwell Town Council has organised for community groups in town to have a flag on display in the town flagholders over shops from Thursday 3rd September until the Bramley Festival. They may also be on display next year if the weather is kind to the flags!! As a significant community action group in Southwell, we… 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 »

Fishlake’s story – helps us understand community resilience

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

This story about Fishlake’s flooding will resonate with many in Southwell. A warning that we mustn’t forget why we need to keep an eye on maintenance of drains, ditches, Potwell Dyke, strainers/gratings on culvert or become complacent that our flooding problem is solved because we’ve had mitigation installed. Community resilience and “feeling that you’re doing… Read more »