A think tank of
Stratford council officers are compiling a detailed dossier of data following the Easter
They will spend £50,000 over the next two years collecting and verifying information
about the effect of the worst deluge to hit the area for 150 years.
The fact finding mission will be led by a new position of land drainage officer
responsible for monitoring the average 52 drainage planning applications each week.
The £30,000 a year job will come under the banner of the councils engineering
and building services department, and should be filled within the next few weeks.
He or she will be asked to create a comprehensive drainage strategy for the Avon
catchment area, to be ready for the Strategy Committee by the middle of next year.
The job will also mean keeping a close watch on all building applications to ensure
none are on low lying land next to rivers susceptible to flooding.
The brief includes:
- Agreeing new and effective consultation procedures for proposed development.
- Creating a well-oiled drill for dealing with flooding in vulnerable areas.
- Ensuring all outside agencies are aware of how they fit into the emergency cover
The new staff member would liaise closely with the planning department as well as
joining in negotiation with developers.
A council spokesman said:
"The council needs to adopt a more proactive role in the management of land
drainage matters immediately.
"The council has a vital role to play in terms of planning issues, but first of
all we needed to establish basic data at a local level of the deficiencies of the land
He added: "Although the flooding at Easter was exceptional, it was clear the
effects could have been mitigated through better co-ordination, control and