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November 2011

Coastal Groups

Coastal Groups

Martin relinquished the chair of LGTAG’s Coastal and Fluvial Management committee very recently; he has been involved with the committee ever since its inception in 1991 and is he thinks the last surviving inaugural member.

In those distant days, it was ACTO Committee G and just coastal matters, with fluvial terms added to our brief in the late 90’s. It was an era when, although you probably knew who the coastal engineer was in the adjacent authority, very little if any dialogue took place between adjacent coast protection authorities. In two decades matters have changed considerably – firstly with the introduction of regional coastal groups which strategically cover the whole of the England and Wales shoreline and more recently with the introduction of legislation covering new responsibilities for county and unitary authorities suitably designated as Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs).

Coastal groups have evolved over the years with recent changes leading to fewer more diverse and stronger groups having an important role in the strategic management of risk on our shoreline including a lead role in the new Shoreline Management Plans. From a fluvial perspective the new Flood and Water Management Act (2010) gives LLFAs responsibilities.

TAG-BLOG-October-2011.doc (87 downloads)

Winter Service Policies

Winter Service Policies

Following the extended severe weather in the 2009-10 season, local authorities on the whole reviewed both their winter service policies and also their resultant plans and it was prudent to make these documents easily available for both other authorities and the public at large. There are many authorities who have published their implementation plans along with listings of all the various priority routes along highways, pavements, footpaths, shopping areas and links to and from major transport intersections and essential attractors. On a local level the additional work undertaken last year stood many local authorities in a much better position for last years event in December. That said LGTAG does support the view that the DfT plan should deal with a risks associated with the impact on the networks through prolonged sever winter weather and welcome guidance being suggested to local authorities as a result.

TAG-BLOG-September-2011.doc (87 downloads)
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