Funding For Stopping Flooding

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Dear Environment Agency,
Is it true that the E.A is responsible for granting and checking proposed flooding schemes put to them by local council for funding.

Could you also if possible tell me if the local council or the E.A are responsible for surface water that comes off land that is owned by local council?

Yours faithfully,

don

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Dear Don

 

Thank you for your email request sent via whatdotheyknow.com

 

In order for us to assist you with your request, we require further
information.

Please respond to this email with the following:

• In response to your first question are we talking about specific schemes
or schemes that have had the relevant planning approval from the relevant
councils?
• When you state “Is it true that the EA is responsible for Granting”, do
you mean granting a flood defence scheme financially or giving approval
for a scheme?
• In response to your enquiry regarding surface water runoff are you
talking who is responsible in general for surface water flooding or again
a specific site or type of site owned by the council?
• Any additional information you believe may be useful so that we can
clarify your enquiry.

Once we have received the above information, we will forward your enquiry
to the relevant person or team for further assessment.

 

I trust this information is useful and look forward to your response.

 

 

 

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Dear Enquiries, Unit,
Is it true the EA needs to approve
financially and giving approval that the scheme will work.

The land is owned by the council and the surface water runs off and floods the nearby properties.

The council put a bund a long the fence of their field in 2007 and told the residents that it would stop the flooding problem.

It didn't stop the surface water.

Yours sincerely,

don

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Don,

Thank you for replying to our last email asking for further information relating to your request.

Can we again ask that you outline the questions you would like answering as we are unable to ascertain the exact information you are hoping to obtain.

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Dear Enquiries, Unit,
Financially funding the scheme? Give approval to a scheme before funding?

Is the council responsible for stopping the surface water running off the land they own.

I am being told it is down to land owner is this true?

Yours sincerely,

don

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Don,

 

Thank you for your enquiry regarding the approval process for flood
defence grants and the management of surface water flooding.

 

The Environment Agency is responsible for allocating central government
funding to manage flood and coastal erosion risk in England using the
partnership funding approach.

 

This funding is known as flood and coastal erosion risk management grant
in aid (FCRM GiA). It goes to flood risk management authorities (RMAs) -
that is, the Environment Agency and English local authorities and internal
drainage boards (IDBs). Together, they use it to pay for a range of
activities including schemes that help reduce the risk of flooding and
coastal erosion.

 

When we allocate FCRM GiA to flood risk management authorities, we follow
government policy and guidelines set out by Defra.

 

For further information about this process, please click on the link
below:

 

[1]Our website - Flood and coastal erosion risk management Grant in Aid
(FCRM GiA) allocation process

 

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Lead Local Flood
Authorities (LLFAs) were given overall responsibility for managing the
risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary
watercourses. LLFAs are usually the highest level local authority for the
area, for example the County Council or Unitary Authority for the area.

 

For further information on this subject, please click on the link below:

 

[2]GOV.UK - Managing flood risks: who is responsible?

 

From the information that you have provided, it is clear that you have
concerns about a specific site:

 

The land is owned by the council and the surface water runs off and floods
the nearby properties.

 

The council put a bund a long the fence of their field in 2007 and told
the residents that it would stop the flooding problem.

 

It didn't stop the surface water.

 

If you are willing to provide us with further details of the site in
question, we would be happy to put you in contact with our technical teams
for the area concerned.

 

If you have any further queries, please contact us and we will be happy to
assist.

 

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Dear Enquiries, Unit,

The details of the field in question is in the grounds of St Joseph school St Joseph way Fellgate If you type in this reference No 433003,562464 in to the box on www.streetmap.co.uk it will bring the map up.

Yours sincerely,

don

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Dear Don,

 

Thank you for your enquiry regarding flood  defence grants and the
management of surface water flooding.

 

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Our Ref: NC14-346

Dear Don,

INFORMATION REQUEST: FUNDING FOR STOPPING FLOODING.

Thank you for your request for information, received in this office on 31
March 2014.

 

I have consulted our Flood and Coastal Risk Management team and they have
provided the following information:

 

Is it true the EA needs to approve financially and giving approval that
the scheme will work?

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Lead Local Flood
Authorities (the unitary authority or County Council for the area) have
powers to carry out flood risk management works relating to surface water,
ground water and ordinary watercourses. Lead Local Flood Authorities can
apply for an allocation of government funding annually from the
Environment Agency. This central government funding is called Food and
Coastal Erosion Risk Management Grant in Aid (FCERM GiA) and the
Environment Agency administer this grant. Any project funded (either whole
or in part) by FCERM GiA must have technical and financial approval. To
gain this approval projects must go through a project appraisal stage and
be approved by either the Environment Agency’s Project Assurance Board or
the Environment Agency’s Large Project Review Group. This is the process
for projects which are funded by FCERM GiA. If Lead Local Flood
Authorities carry out work which are funded by other means, then the
Environment Agency is not involved in the appraisal or approval process.

 

Is it true that the E.A is responsible for granting and checking proposed
flooding schemes put to them by local council for funding?

This is covered in the above response.

 

Could you also if possible tell me if the local council or the E.A are
responsible for surface water that comes off land that is owned by local
council?

The riparian land owner (in this example, the local authority) has a
natural right to collect and discharge surface water from their land onto
adjoining lower land. This right does not permit an owner to act in a
wilful manner. A lower occupier of land is under no obligation to receive
water and can take steps to stop the flow of water onto this land. Further
information on the roles and responsibilities of riparian landowners can
be found in our publication ‘[1]Living on the Edge’ (attached). Under the
Flood & Water Management Act 2010, Lead Local Flood Authorities (the
unitary authority or County Council for the area) have powers to carry out
flood risk management works relating to surface water, ground water and
ordinary watercourses.

 

Is the council responsible for stopping the surface water running off the
land they own.  I am being told it is down to land owner is this true?

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Dear Northeast Newcastle, Customer Contact,

Thanks very much for your information much appreciated

Yours sincerely,

don