Environment Agency invites contributions to flood plan

The draft report for the Test and Itchen Catchment Flood Management Plan is now available for public consultation. The Environment Agency is inviting people concerned about flooding in the catchment to help identify how flood risk from certain rivers in Hampshire can be managed.

Catchment Flood Management Plans are large-scale plans that explore and identify long-term policies to manage flood risk for an entire river catchment. The Test and Itchen Catchment Flood Management Plan covers an area that falls between Salisbury in the West to Petersfield in the East, and from Ludershall and Andover in the north down to Southampton Water on the English Channel.

The draft plan is now open to public consultation until 28th September 2007. Anyone who has an interest in the area can now contribute or comment on it.

Tim Kermode Environment Agency Hampshire Area Flood Risk Manager, said:

"This draft has been developed in partnership with a number of organisations and helps improve our understanding of how the river catchments function. It is important that local people are involved in the preparation of these plans so we urge anyone who has an interest in this area or concerns about flooding to take the opportunity to tell us their views.

"This is an important stage before we develop the final plan which will identify the most appropriate way of managing flood risk in this area of Hampshire. After the consultation period we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that policies will manage flood risk as well as achieving additional environmental benefits."

Members of the public can inspect copies of the document at Andover Library, Eastleigh Library, Romsey Library, Southampton Central Library and Winchester Reference Library. It is also available at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/regions/southern/. Anyone wishing to consult on the Test and Itchen Catchment Flood Management Plan should respond to: Regional Strategic and Development Planning, Environment Agency, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LD or email ian.s.walker@environment-agency.gov.uk by 28th September 2007.