West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has once again called for more effective co-ordination and leadership when it comes to tackling flooding.
MP Rosie was speaking in a Westminster Hall Debate on preparations for flooding in winter 2014-15. She used the debate to highlight issues raised by West Lancashire homeowners and landowners who experienced the devastating effects of flooding in 2012.
MP Rosie said:
“No single agency currently has overall authority or responsibility for responding to flooding incidents. Confusingly it is spilt between a number of different public agencies. The cause of the flooding determines which agency responds but this often leaves residents with no clear idea and guessing who to contact.
“Lancashire County Council is called the lead flood authority but this is for collecting data and reviewing post-incident flooding. I believe residents will be better served by having one agency in charge and can take control of a situation. In 2012 residents were calling one agency and were turned away being told that agency was not responsible. Residents should know who to turn to in their time of need.
“Flooding poses an ever greater threat to homeowners and landowners and we need to get better at protecting them from flooding and responding better when flooding occurs.”
Rosie has been working with local agencies, residents, landowners and businesses to deliver improved protection during periods of flooding over the last two years. In the immediate aftermath of the 2012 floods, Rosie held Flooding Forum meetings. From these, resident-led Flood Action Groups were set up.
MP Rosie is currently campaigning for West Lancashire Borough Council to back the creation of an internal drainage board (IDB) that they are rejecting at present. The IDB would be responsible for drainage and watercourse management, which is integral to managing the flood risk in the area.