Local Flood Representatives – role description
What is a Local Flood Representative?
A Local Flood
Representative is an individual nominated by their Parish Council or Federation
of Bath Residents' Associations Group to liaise with Bath & North East
Somerset Council’s Drainage & Flooding team. They will provide an important
communication link between residents in the Parish and the Council and other
Flood Risk Management stakeholders on issues of:
On occasion Local
Flood Representatives may be invited to attend an Operational Flood Working
Group meeting (see below) where they can discuss particular drainage and
flooding issues relating to their area.
Flood Representative may also be called upon to help disseminate drainage and flooding
information from the Council, the Environment Agency or Wessex Water to the
local community. In 2015 they will also be asked to contribute to Bath and North
East Somerset’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.
It should be
emphasised that the position is not a flood emergency role. It is primarily
concerned with the reporting of on-going local land drainage and flooding
issues in order to come up with practical solutions for long-term improvements.
knowledge of drainage or flooding is required, what’s more important is that
you are willing to gather information about drainage issues and pass this on to
the Council’s Drainage and Flooding team.
What is the Operational Flood Working
North East Somerset Council have set-up an Operational Flood Working Group.
of the Operational Flood Working Group is to discuss and agree ways to manage
flood risk from local sources. The Operational Flood Working Group will discuss
specific flooding or drainage issues with a view to coming up with practical
measures to improve drainage or reduce flood risk.
The group consists
of technical officers from the Drainage and Flooding team, the Environment
Agency and Wessex Water, as well as other invited Council officers and Local
Flood Representatives as required.
Operational Flood Working Group meets every two months. Local Flood
Representatives may be invited to attend meetings where specific issues in their
local area are to be discussed.
What sort of things would a Local
Flood Representative report to the Council’s Drainage & Flooding team? How
often should they report? What kind of information is required?
North East Somerset Council’s Drainage and Flooding team would like to know
about any on-going local drainage or flooding issues. Written below are the
sorts of common things that a Local Flood Representative might relay to the
Drainage and Flooding team:
issues with watercourses such as overgrown vegetation impeding flows, silt
build-up or other restrictions to flow including rubbish or debris.
issues with watercourse structures (e.g. blocked culverts or trash screens)
drainage issues. For instance where rainwater runoff from land may be spilling
onto roads or property.
drainage knowledge to help inform development proposals
as these should be reported by the Local Flood Representative as and when they
occur. The more information provided the better, with photos being particularly
useful. The Drainage and Flooding team will then consider the issues and they
may be discussed at an Operational Flood Working Group meeting.
What sort of things would the Local
Flood Rep NOT report to the Drainage & Flooding team? Where else should
these matters be referred?
Flooding issues – these should be directed to the emergency services.
flood planning – this should be managed and co-ordinated within the community
but the Operational Flood Working Group may be able to act in a supportive role.
drainage and flooding issues including blocked gulleys, pot holes and water
ponding on highways – these matters should be referred to Bath & North East
Somerset Council’s Council Connect service (Web: www.bathnes.gov.uk/reportit Email: email@example.com Twitter: Via @ccbathnes or www.twitter.com/ccbathnes Telephone: 01225 39 40 41 Text (SMS):
Private drainage matters. Where there are drainage issues
occurring on private land or between land owners, these matters should be dealt
with by the appropriate land owners. The Drainage and Flooding team can advise
when this is the case.
If you have
more questions about the Local Flood Representative role, please email Bath
& North East Somerset Council’s Drainage and Flooding team:
I’m interested in becoming a Local
Flood Representative, what do I need to do?
If you would
like to become a Local flood Representative please liaise with your Parish
Council or Federation of Bath Residents' Association Group to make sure that
they are happy for you to volunteer for the role. You will then need to provide
the following details to the Council’s Drainage and Flooding team:
Parish Council name
Federation of Bath
Residents’ Association group name
Contact email address
A short paragraph
outlining why you would like to be a Local Flood Representative.
Any other roles that
you have within the Parish Council or other elected bodies.
We would like
to receive nominations for Local Flood Representatives by 30th April
this form to:
Maintenance & Drainage Team
and Flooding Team
Or email the
above details to: mailto:drainage&amp;amp;amp;firstname.lastname@example.org