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EA Flood Alleviation Schemes in Yorkshire

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Dear Environment Agency,

I would like to request information as to the number of Flood Alleviation Schemes in Yorkshire that the Environment Agency is involved in?

Please also provide information as to how the need for these Flood Alleviation Schemes have been identified/chosen?

Yours faithfully,
MBradley

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Harris, Amanda, Environment Agency

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Dear Mr Bradley

RE: Freedom of Information request - EA Flood Alleviation Schemes in
Yorkshire
Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) /
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 26 March 2018.
 

There are 143 schemes in the Environment Agency’s capital programme for
the Yorkshire Area (The Area covered by the Yorkshire Regional Flood &
Coastal Committee (YRFCC)
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
) for the investment period 2015/16 to 2020/21. Of these 36 have been
completed leaving 107 schemes live on the programme.
([2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...)

 

Proposals for schemes are received from Flood Risk Management Authorities
(RMAs) across Yorkshire, of which the Environment Agency are one. The EA
will generally promote schemes relating to flooding from “Main Rivers”
([3]https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...)
and the Sea, with other RMAs promoting schemes relating to flooding from
ordinary watercourses and surface water as well as schemes relating to
coastal erosion. Potential schemes are generally identified where there is
a history of flooding or coastal erosion, where mapping and modelling has
shown a there is a risk of flooding or coastal erosion now or in the
future or  there are existing assets which need refurbishing  to retain
the current standard of protection to a locality.

 

The EA collates all the submissions on behalf of the YRFCC and the
Committee consent to the schemes being put forward for inclusion in the
national programme of schemes (Usually at the July meeting of the
Committee).

 

In 2015 the Government committed to a longer term funding settlement to
cover the period 2015/16 – 2020/21 (“The Six Year Programme) with 3
primary conditions:

 

·         The investment would deliver 300,000 homes better protected from
flooding or coastal erosion

·         Schemes would draw in at least 15% contributions from other
sources

·         There would be at least 10% efficiency savings generated (in
part by having a longer term settlement)

 

The EA’s National Programme Management Office (PMO) receive proposals from
the 12 RFCCs around the country. The PMO prioritise the submissions to
achieve those conditions within the overall funding envelope provided by
Government, using the following hierarchy:

 

Moderated into the programme (This category is used very sparingly and is
used to allow schemes into the programme where there is a significant
health and safety risk or other urgency driver. There is significant
scrutiny over the schemes moderated into to programme to ensure fairness)

 

In construction (Schemes already in construction are prioritised to ensure
that schemes have funding through to completion. This ensures we realise
the benefits identified for the investment made)

 

Partnership Funding (PF) Score (A score relating to the economic benefits
and the outcomes delivered by a scheme for the investment made  - more
details on the PF score can be found here
[4]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

The 6 year investment programme for 2015/16 – 2020/21 was established on
this basis, and is subject to a refresh each year (following the above
process) to ensure that the schemes in the programme continue to deliver
on the conditions set out by Government. Provided the schemes in the 6
year programme remain viable and continue to achieve the conditions of the
settlement they will be given priority over new schemes coming into the
programme. The data for new schemes is retained so can be brought into the
programme on a prioritised basis, should funding become available.
Information on schemes not included in the current investment period will
form the basis of the programme beyond 2020/21.

 

Details of how to submit a project for funding can be found here:
[5]https://www.gov.uk/guidance/flood-and-co....

 

The above process outlines how schemes are allocated funding, however each
scheme on the programme has additionally to pass through the EA’s Project
Assurance Process to ensure the investments are making good use of public
funds.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Amanda Harris

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Dear Miss Harris,

Thank you for your thorough and detailed response.

Unfortunately the link you provided under [2] links to a missing page.

I would be grateful if you could tell me the title of the document/publication that this link was referring to?

Yours faithfully
MBradley

Harris, Amanda, Environment Agency

Dear Mr Bradley

I have now had chance to check the links out. I have clicked on the link you have referred to with a (2). The link works for me. Could I ask you to search the internet (in particular the .gov.uk site) for the document 'Programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes' you may be able to find it that way.

Thank you

Amanda Harris
Customers and Engagement Team
Environment Agency, Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds. LS11 9AT
General Enquiries Team 020 847 48174
Direct 020 847 47926 (internal 47926)
[email address]

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Dear Miss Harris,

Thank you for providing that information.

Yours faithfully
MBradley

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