Flooding – Solihull Council gives the go ahead to start flood mitigation schemes in Solihull.

Solihull MBC provided the information below on 2nd September 2020

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways has now signed off on a series of flood mitigation schemes which will help over 100 properties in the borough.

These schemes will see residents being offered the opportunity to introduce Property Level Resilience and Resistance (PLR) measures, essentially practical support, to make their homes safer.

Those residents who are included will be contacted and asked to complete an online questionnaire to scope out their requirements and to arrange individual property surveys.

Flood risk specialists, appointed by the Council will be contacting these residents directly to undertake the surveys in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.

The Council will continue to look at securing further funding so more schemes can be rolled out to other areas that are at risk of flooding.

For more information about the Flood Mitigation Schemes please contact the Council’s Drainage and Flood Risk Management Team, drainage@solihull.gov.uk

Flooding – Solihull homes to be better protected from flooding thanks to Environment Agency funding

Solihull MBC provided the update below on 28th August 2020

Solihull Council has been granted £440k worth of Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) funding by the Environment Agency to use for flood mitigation schemes at four locations within the borough.

Alongside the Environment Agency funding there is a commitment of £431k from the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, which means the council has now secured over £800k of external funding for these potential schemes.

In the wake of terrible flooding in 2018 the Council pledged to investigate what could be done to protect people’s homes from such flooding in the future.  Officers explored options for mitigation schemes as well as bidding for the relevant funding to deliver them.

A mitigation scheme can be only be delivered when there is FDGiA funding in place, supplemented by Local Levy and partnership funding, and after a business case is submitted to the Environment Agency and given technical approval.

In July 2020, bids for Local Levy funding were approved by the Trent Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and the relevant business cases were submitted to the Environment Agency for final approval, granted on the 26 August.

Flooding – CPH Environment & Highways Decision Session – Flood risk management – 1st September 2020

Please see the information below, received from Solihull MBC:-

At CPH Environment & Highways Decision Session on 1 September Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways, will be considering a report that looks at protecting people’s homes from future flooding by introducing a series of flood mitigation schemes.

In May 2018 flooding in the borough saw over 300 properties badly affected and major disruption to the local road network. Following this incident Solihull Council pledged to look at any measures that could reduce the risk and impact of flooding.

In January 2019 officers carried out an initial assessment, engaging with residents who had been affected by flooding to look at various options and how this work could be funded. A subsequent report outlined the potential mitigation measures which could be implemented and the costs.

As a result of these investigations and securing some of the funding, proposals for four mitigation schemes in Blythe and Shirley West will now be discussed at Councillor Hawkins’ decision making session.

The full report can be viewed on our website here.