Have your say on how the county tackles flooding

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People in East Sussex are being asked for their views on a strategy to manage the effects of local flooding.

The consultation on the draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy launches just before Christmas.

Although the Environment Agency maintains its responsibility for the management of river and coastal flooding, East Sussex County Council is now the Lead Local Flood Authority for East Sussex under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010).

The draft strategy sets out how the county council plans to manage the effects of local flooding across the county. People are being asked for their views to make sure that the strategy is locally relevant and understandable.

Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment said: “We have a new role to tackle the risk of localised flooding, and this draft strategy marks a significant step forward in defining what this means for our communities.

“Your views are important to us. We want to know if the timescales set out in the delivery plan are realistic and achievable and if you agree with our approach and the objectives we are aiming to achieve.

“We are interested in the views of everyone – those who have and haven’t experienced flooding. The answers and comments you provide will be used to inform the final version of the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy which we aim to formally adopt during the summer of 2013.”

Copies of the consultation documents are being held for reference at East Sussex libraries and district and borough council offices. The documents are also available online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay

The consultation period lasts for 12 weeks. The closing date for comments is March 12.

Respondents can provide their comments online using the online questionnaire, or via e-mail or post using the contact details below.

Phone: 01273 481846.

Email: floodstrat@eastsussex.gov.uk

Post: Economy, Transport and Environment East Sussex County Council Flooding (AP) Freepost (LW43) Lewes, BN7 1UE.

Meanwhile, the county council has launched an exciting new website which will help people find the care, support and wellbeing services they need.

Need to find a lunch club, home care agency or personal assistant in your local area? Then www.eastsussex1space.co.uk can help with those and much more. The directory offers people of all ages who need help – and their carers and families – information about care and support all in one place.