Flood Risk Management Plans
Scotland is adopting a new approach to manage the risk of flooding, information can be found on this page.
LFRMPFlood Risk Management Plans- Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009
Scotland is adopting a new approach to manage the risk of flooding. To better plan and co-ordinate future action on this, the Council is working closely with SEPA, Scottish Water, other local authorities and the national parks to produce new national strategies and local plans. These set out how flooding will be tackled in the future and how we will reduce the impact of our unpredictable weather.
National Flood Risk Assessment
SEPA published Scotland's first national flood risk assessment in 2011, and more recently this has been supplemented with a new generation of SEPA flood maps which can be viewed on the SEPA website by following the embedded link.
Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans
Flooding in Scotland is being managed through 14 local plan districts. The public authorities are working in partnership to manage flood risk within these districts. SEPA are required to publish a flood risk management plan (commonly referred to as the 'strategy') for each district and the lead local authorities will publish a local flood risk management plan.
East Renfrewshire Council is a member of the Clyde & Loch Lomond (CaLL) district. Glasgow City Council is the lead authority and is responsible for ensuring the production of the Local Flood Risk Management Plan. Identified works within East Renfrewshire Council will be delivered by East Renfrewshire Council.
The process of flood risk assessment, flood mapping and planning required by the Flood Act will be repeated every six years with the long term goal of reducing flood risk across Scotland. In combination with increasing education and awareness within communities about how they can protect themselves from flooding, the measures adopted under the Flood Act will be aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to residents and businesses within East Renfrewshire with the consequent benefits for all including a safer environment, the avoidance of flood damage and improved health and wellbeing.
The Published Flood Risk Management Strategies
SEPA published the Flood Risk Management Strategies for each district on their website in December 2015.
Local Flood Risk Management Plans
Each lead local authority will publish a Local Flood Risk Management Plan (LFRMP) by June 2016. These local plans will supplement, and be consistent with, SEPA's strategy but will set out the proposed local coordination arrangements for the selected actions, as well as how they will be programmed and funded. You can view the LFRMP by following the link.
Watercourse Inspections and Clearance
We have a duty to assess bodies of water and carry out works of clearance and repair where it will substantially reduce the risk of flooding. Works will be scheduled and carried out based on priority.
Inspections are carried out on watercourses and grills (trash screens) in the following areas:
- Barrhead and Neilston
- Newton Mearns & Busby
- Newton Mearns & Eaglesham
We'll assess and prioritise any clearance or repair work which is identified during our inspections.
We also carry out reactive inspections on an ad-hoc basis or whenever adverse weather is forecast. We also respond to issues as they are highlighted by members of the public.
In the meantime the Council continues to record and investigate flood events as and when they occur.