Neighbourhood Plan Update
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Flooding, Weather Alerts, Traffic Problems
Flooding Update after heavy rainfall at end of September/beginning October
Town Councillors and officers were out and about yesterday and Sunday and will continue to monitor the flooding situation over the next couple of days. Residents should continue to report blocked gullies and problems with surface water drainage to Cheshire East.
Flood Working Group Update
Members of the Town Council and Flood Working Group attended a meeting and demonstration at Lyme Park over the weekend. The demonstration was conducted by the National Trust Riverlands Project who had an interactive model which demonstrated the effect rivers, trees and the topography has on our environment when it rains. The Park Rangers were also in attendance and they informed the group of their plans for the Park to try to mitigate water run-off from Lyme including the planting of 1000 trees. Lyme Park as well as towns and villages downstream was badly affected by the recent flash floods.
The Riverlands Project long term aim is to help communities enjoy their rivers more both for wildlife and as a space for health and well being. They are working with other agencies on habitat restoration work including the removal of invasive species and education of people to ensure the environment is managed better for this and future generations.
You can watch a short video on the National Trust's Riverlands Project on their website here.
Flood Record Form
The Town Council and Environment Agency are continuing to gather and collate further information on properties affected by the flood. If you were affected by the flooding in 2016 or 2019, but haven’t already done so, please complete our form which can be obtained at the Civic Hall or by contacting the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should also report any floods to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
National Flood Forum
Did you know that the National Flood Forum hosts an online directory of property flood products and services called Blue Pages http://bluepages.org.uk/
Flooding Working Group
The Town Council has set up a Flooding Working Group to review the response provided and resources made available by the Environment Agency and Cheshire East Council before, during and after the flooding event. The Town Council’s Flooding Working Group met for the first time on Wednesday 14th August 2019. The group consists of two Poynton Town Councillors, a Cheshire East Ward Councillor and four members of the public with expertise in civil engineering, flood risk and drainage. The Working Group are still looking for a hydrologist to work with them on a voluntary basis. Members of the Working Group attended the flood drop in event on the 15th August to gather further information and to ask questions of the agencies responsible for managing risk in the Town.
The Working Group will also consider actions taken by Cheshire East as the Lead Local Flood Authority in relation to the 2016 floods and then consider what future action can be undertaken to limit the impact of future heavy rainfall. It will also seek to make recommendations on mitigation measures that can be implemented and work with Cheshire East, Environment Agency, United Utilities and other public or private bodies to ensure that any recommendations are undertaken in a timely manner.
The Town Council and Environment Agency are continuing to gather and collate further information on properties affected by the flood. If you were affected by the flooding in 2016 or 2019, but haven’t already done so please complete our form which can be obtained at the Civic Hall or by contacting the Clerk at email@example.com. You should also report any floods to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.
Since the flooding, the Town Council has submitted further comments to Cheshire East in relation to the Planning Applications on Hazelbadge Road and Sprink Farm.
Cheshire East Cabinet Member for the Environment Nick Mannion told BBC Radio Manchester this week that the Poynton Brook is the council’s "top priority" among all flood relief work. See article here.
MP David Rutley calls for a full and thorough investigation.
Read full article here:
Reduction in Council Tax Rates
The Town Council have written to Cheshire East to urge that all eligible properties recently affected by the flooding should receive a council tax reduction. Cheshire East are able to provide a short-term council tax reduction to people who find themselves unexpectedly in difficult circumstances.
Cheshire East Councillors have urged the same cause of action and this is currently being considered by Cheshire East Cabinet Member, Nick Mannion.
How to Report Blocked Grids and Drains
Cheshire East Council are responsible for unblocking the grids in the Town.
The Town Council has already reported numerous blocked grids and drains on Park Lane, Chester Road and London Road South, but would strongly recommend that residents report any issues to Cheshire East using their ‘Report it’ facility here.
Alternatively, please contact the Town Clerk by emailing details (including the address and postcode adjacent to any blocked grid) to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Town Council will report blockages to Cheshire East on residents behalf.
Who’s responsible for managing flood risk?
The Flood Hub has put together a pictorial guide showing who is responsible for main river, surface water and groundwater flooding and also highway gullies and drains, private drainage, public sewers and utility pipes. There is also a list of contact details for the relevant authorities. You can view it in full size here: bit.ly/2OygL8a
Annual Sewerage Charge Refund and Cleaning
If sewage flooding has affected your home United Utilities may be able to help clean and disinfect areas affected and also arrange a refund of your sewerage charge for the year. Further information can be found at: https://bit.ly/2GSOlPL
Council Tax Reduction Applications
Applications can be made to Cheshire East for a reduction in council tax because of exceptional circumstances. This includes flooding. Who can make an application and the process can be found here: https://bit.ly/2MM1QET
Flood Recovery Booklet
The Flood Hub have produced a Flood Recovery booklet, which includes what to do and expect to happen, in the weeks and months following a flood, in the form of a timeline.
It also includes re-entering a property and cleaning up tips. You can download the booklet at: https://bit.ly/2ThNAEX
CEC Emergency Planning - Emergency Accommodation
If as a result of the flooding you are unable to return to your home and your insurance company doesn't cover you for alternative accommodation, CEC emergency planning say you can contact Housing Options on 0300 123 5017 for assistance. Their out of hours number is 0300 123 5025
Citizens Advice – Recovering after flooding
Citizens Advice can provide free, impartial, independent and confidential advice on flooding issues as well as employment, benefits and housing difficulties. They are based at the Civic Hall and open at the following times:
- Tuesday 9.00am —10.00am Appointments only, contact 01625 432847
- Tuesday 10.00am —1.00pm Drop-in
- Wednesday 6pm – 8pm Drop-in
- Thursday 9.00am —11.00am Appointments only, contact 01625 432847
- Thursday 11.00am —1.00 pm Drop-in
Flooding/Weather Advice and Links
- What to do and who to contact: https://www.gov.uk/help-during-flood
- Environment Agency advice on what to do: https://www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk/flooding-advice.pdf
- Weather forecasts updates for Poynton: https://bit.ly/2Yekjkn
- Find out if you are risk at flooding: https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk
- Search for flood warnings, how to plan ahead for flooding and what to do in a flood: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
- Recovering after a flood - insurance, your local flood action group or flood warden, check if you can return home and cleaning and repairing your home: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/recovering-after-a-flood
- Floodline: 0345 988 1188
- Poynton Brook river levels: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/5201