Leighton Buzzard has been included as a high priority in a draft action plan to deal with flooding.
Central Bedfordshire Council’s new draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy has opened for public consultation and sets out the approach the council intend to take to manage the various types of flood risk which may affect the area.
Town councillor Mike Bishop said: “I am pleased to see that Central Beds Council has included Leighton Buzzard as a high priority in its draft action plan.
“The residents most at risk from flooding are in Planets and Leston Wards where the Clipstone Brook has flooded in the past. However I believe that other areas have suffered, not necessarily from river flooding but from poor land drainage and similar causes. They should all take this chance to put their views forward to CBC.”
As a Lead Local Flood Authority, the Central Beds has a responsibility to ensure the area is as resilient to flooding as it can be.
Specific actions aimed at flood prevention in the strategy include investigating the source of blockages, such as clogged-up culverts, as well as reviewing whether new byelaws are needed to ensure that landowners properly manage any stretches of watercourse they have responsibility for.
The strategy also contains details of planned works, which include a water management assessment at Leighton Buzzard.
To have your say on the strategy, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations or see a paper version at Leighton Library.
For more on this story see the August 20 issue of the LBO.