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Flood Action Week 2020

Flood Action Week 2020

There are 5.2 million homes in England at risk of flooding. Don’t assume it’s not you.

Whether you live on a hill, in a flat or in an area that’s never flooded before, flooding can still affect
you, putting your home, your possessions and your family at risk. In England there are over 5
million homes at risk of flooding, but most people assume it’ll never happen to them. According to
recent polling, only a third of people in areas at high risk of flooding believe that their home could
be at risk.
And with climate change already causing more frequent, intense flooding and sea level rise, we all
need to know what to do, should the worst happen.

Knowing what to do in a flood could save your life.

According to the Environment Agency, the average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000.
Flooding also brings a significant risk to life. The mental health impacts of flooding can last for two
years or more after flooding has happened. Depression, anxiety and PTSD can affect up to a third
of people who have been flooded.
But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can
significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%), reduce risk to life,
and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.

What the Flood? Know how to Prepare. Act. Survive.

The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to prepare for flooding. Knowing
what to do in a flood could help keep you and your family safe, and save you thousands of pounds
in damages and disruption.

For more information and to find out if you are at risk visit the what to do in a flood page on
GOV.UK to get prepared.

Caroline Douglass, Director of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said, “Flooding
can cause serious disruption to people’s lives. We can’t prevent it, but we can help homeowners
to be more flood resilient. Those who are aware of the risk and have done something about it are
able to reduce damage to their homes and possessions considerably.”

LGTAG Monthly News & Updates

LGTAG Monthly News & Updates

LGTAG issues a short update on LGTAG business and items of professional interest to its members and partners each month. Some recent issues are available to download below.

July 2019

Newsletter-July-2019.pdf (13 downloads)

August 2019

Newsletter-Aug-2019.pdf (12 downloads)

September 2019

Newsletter-Sept-2019.pdf (12 downloads)

October 2019

Newsletter-Oct-2019.pdf (11 downloads)

November 2019

LGTAG-Newsletter-Nov-2019.pdf (17 downloads)

December 2019

Newsletter-LGTAG-Dec-2019-1.pdf (15 downloads)

February 2020 –

Newsletter-LGTAG-FEB-2020.pdf (9 downloads)

Colin Mann – National Secretary – [email protected] / 07484191623

LGTAG President for 2019 will be Andrew Cassells

LGTAG President for 2019 will be Andrew Cassells

At its recent AGM, The Local Government Technical Advisers Group has announced that the President for 2019 will be Mr Andrew Cassells. Andrew is Director of Environment & Property at Mid Ulster Council and is also chair of the LGTAG’s Northern Ireland Regional Group which is the Province’s primary body for place based Directors.

“I know only too well the challenges faced by Council’s Technical Directors across the UK in proving universal services across waste, parks, bereavement services, and in England, their responsibility for flooding and highways which here in Northern Ireland is a Government function. Continued expectations on our teams to transform, be ever leaner and more productive and of course the challenges of creating technical solutions to the challenges we face across regeneration, growth and sustainability. We must not forget the unique position that Northern Ireland holds as the only part of the UK with a land border with another European country and the very close ties between the two parts of the island of Ireland.

On completing his year as LGTAG President John lamb, thanked the sector for their support over the year which has ensured 100% of London’s Boroughs and 100% of Northern Ireland Boroughs are now actively engaged in LGTAG. English Council membership has grown by 30% and traction around our key priorities of sustainability, resilience and highways continue to strike a chord especially ’Transforming the Narrative’

In his inaugural conference held at the world famous Titanic Centre, Andrew set the scene that beyond the fiscal policies of varying governments and transcending all political boundaries we are now faced with the reality that our current approach to preserving our existence on the “third rock from the sun” is flawed; that the anthropogenic effects of our activities is significantly impacting our ability to live sustainably.

We are increasingly faced with the demands made on the planet’s natural capital and rather than living off the interest of the world’s capital we have been plundering it. We must adapt and change in response to these demands and provide our politicians – locally and nationally – with options that might provide tangible and immediate change to reduce our impact, offset the damage done to date and make our communities more resilient to weather extremes.

Former United Nation’s Advisor Jan Gustav Strandenaes provided an excellent backdrop to sustainable development strategy which is set within national objectives but with considerable action and the municipal level. The United Nations has set the concept through 17 goals and 169 targets but we must work across LGTAG to create a tailored but ambitious set of interventions locally.

Following this Professor John Barry of Queens University Belfast illustrated the unprecedented change that we must adopt if we are prevent loss of habitat, species loss and irrevocable hardship to our most vulnerable communities. Highlighting the rise of Extinction Rebellion and the rise of the Green vote there is a growing demand for action and need for LGTAG to connect local councils with new and fresh approaches to deliver the change we need.

Continuing a theme that LGTAG has been leading on nationally, Dr Christine Doherty from Derry & Strabane Council highlighted (click for presentation) the essential role of green infrastructure in creating natural capital that can support biodiversity. The ever present impact of growing towns and cities underlines the need to work differently to offset our impacts locally and prepare for greater intensity of flooding and severe weather by defining our greenspace as integral to place based solutions around the ‘blue and the green’.


HOCTC published its findings on Local Roads Funding and Maintenance 2nd July

HOCTC published its findings on Local Roads Funding and Maintenance 2nd July

The HOC Transport Select Committee’s response has published today titled ‘Local roads funding and maintenance: filling the gap’

LGTAG responded to this and is cited a few times are per below, albeit they do get our name wrong once:

Page 20 – For example, the Local Government Technical Advisors Group (LGTAG) said that “many councils are taking different approaches to what is defined as ‘Revenue’ or ‘Capital’”.72

Page 24 – there is quite a good case study based on LoTAG/London Councils and the issues of funding in London

Page 42  – The Local Government Transport Advisory Group (TAG) believes that an asset management approach of planned, preventative maintenance would see “large revenue spends on call centres, complaints and reactive teams replaced with smart systems and asset management”.212

Please also see our statement on this attached. LGTAG-HOCTC-response-on-Local-Road-Maintenance-July-2109.docx (22 downloads)

LGTAG recent responses to Consultation and evidence to House of Commons committees

LGTAG recent responses to Consultation and evidence to House of Commons committees

We have recently responded to the first part of the Governments Consultation on Aviation and Airports and  given written evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee on Road Safety and the Housing and Communities Committee on Local Authority funding.

The three documents are attached. Aviation-Consultation-LGTAG-response-to-Annex-A-D-11-April-2019.docx (45 downloads) LGTAG-HOC-Road-Safety.docx (35 downloads) LGTAG-submission-to-HOC-HCLG-Committee-on-LG-Finance-v-11042109.docx (41 downloads)

LG TAG Presidents’ Conference 21st May – Titanic Centre Belfast

LG TAG Presidents’ Conference 21st May – Titanic Centre Belfast

Enabling Sustainable Service Delivery

through Collaboration

Click on the link below to register for tihs free event.


09:00 – 09:45       Registration

09:45 – 10:00           Welcome by TAG President, Mr Andrew Cassells

10.00 – 10:25            Keynote Address – Jan-Gustav Strandenaes – Senior Policy Advisor to UN on Sustainable Development

10:25 – 10:50            Professor John Barry, Queens University Belfast – Green Political Economy

10:50 – 11:00         Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:25             Derek McCallan, Chief Executive, NI Local Government Association

11:25 – 11:50             Dr Christine Doherty, Derry City & Strabane Council – Green Infrastructure and Climate Change

11:50 – 12:15             Alan McVicker, Strategic Investment Board

12:15 – 12:30         Questions

12:30 – 13:15          Lunch

13:15 – 13:40             Conor Loughrey, Director of Network Services, Department for Infrastructure Roads

13:40 – 14:05            Kelvin Reynolds, British Parking Association

14:05 – 14:30            Owen Lyttle, Head of Waste Policy, DAERA

14.30 – 14:45         Tea/Coffee Break

14:45 – 15:10             Brett Ross, Chief Executive of RiverRidge

15:10 – 15:35             Colin Shaw, WDR & RT Taggart Ltd

15.35 – 16.00         Questions

16:00 – 16.15             Concluding Remarks – TAG President, Andrew Cassells

Assessing managing and funding road maintenance in London

Assessing managing and funding road maintenance in London

LGTAG members will be aware of our recent publication Transforming the Narrative stressing the importance of proper planning and funding of Highway Maintenance throughout the Country. Unfortunately despite the efforts of most London Boroughs to deal with this issue Central Government is being even meaner with funding for maintenance in London and the attached article explains the situation.

Transforming-the-Narrative-London-Borough-Perspective.pdf (113 downloads)

Future Streets – Landor event 12th Feb Fitzroy St London W1

Future Streets – Landor event 12th Feb Fitzroy St London W1

This event is on such a key theme for us in LGTAG trying to balance all the conflicting needs for the use of Street space on both the roadways and footways of our urban areas.

The details of the event can be found on https://www.transportxtra.com/tx-events/?id=2397

Landor have kindly given us two free tickets the first two confirming to me ([email protected]) they want them will get them.

In addition allpaid up LGTAG members can claim a 25% discount by quoting a code.  This code is available on the attachment (which will be available later today only visible to members)

Passcode-for-12th-Feb-2019-Landor-Future-Streets-event-LGTAG-25.docx (1 download)

LGTAG’s response on Modelling and Appraisal Consultation

LGTAG’s response on Modelling and Appraisal Consultation

The Government consultation on this subject issued in June was responded to by LGTAG in writing and at a recent Landor Conference. Members of LGTAG were consulted during the response.

The main issues seen bus and expressed at the Landor Conference were:

  • We understand the 5 Webtag cases and also the need to satisfy the Treasury with the present funding arrangements
  • Webtag is very complex and opaque
  • There is enormous scope for inaccuracies
  • Except in largest authorities there is a  need to appoint expensive consultants
  • The highest benefit/cost interventions (eg bus lanes, parking enforcement etc) are not favoured over road schemes
  • For road schemes ‘economic benefits’ are of little real benefit to society (peak times and 30- 60 years in future)
  • There is little confidence that centre (Whitehall and Westminster) can understand or know what works best locally
  • The benefits are usually calculated as a small difference between two enormous sums of time spent on network – this is mathematically unsound
  • There are a multitude of sometimes spurious assumptions (e.g. speed flow curves with unlimited capacity, assumed speed on minor roads, no measures of extra traffic and congestion from generated traffic outside study area)
  • Modelled traffic assigned to roads is sometimes factors out
  • Behavioural value of time may be important for modelling but peak hour car travellers time of little ‘societal’ value
  • Then — how accurate are the COSTS of the intervention especially for large road and rail schemes?!

Our full submission is attached LGTAG-Response-to-DfT-Appraisal-and-Modelling-Strategy.pdf (83 downloads)

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