Flooding in Fylde

Living in a low lying, coastal community the risks posed by flooding are only too clear. In recent years we have seen significant investment in our sea defences. protecting thousands of homes and businesses in Lytham and Ansdell. The next phase of works, at St Annes, has just received £10m of Government funding and Fylde Council is pressing ahead with the plans, which will also help drive regeneration in the town.

But away from the coast there remain challenges. In our towns and villages surface water flooding remains a significant issue and one which I know must be tackled. We are seeing more frequent incidents where heavy rain causes flooding on roads, in properties and across farmland. New developments, around Warton, Freckleton and Wrea Green in particular, have changed the landscape and I am aware of the concerns of people in Fylde over the risk of flooding to homes and businesses.

Investment in the pumping station at East Lytham has helped protect properties in that area but I know more must be done. There is a need for a clear plan and for investment, to ensure our towns, villages and rural communities have the best protections in place.

This includes;

  • Understanding how watercourses work to protect homes, businesses and communities across Fylde
  • Delivering a comprehensive database of ownership and responsibilities to ensure everyone from the Environment Agency to home owners understands their obligations.
  • Pressure on developers to ensure new schemes do not cause flooding elsewhere and to ensure surface water attenuation is not only included in every scheme but is adequately maintained upon completion.
  • Innovation to ensure surface water is best managed, whether through managed wetlands or better maintenance of existing brooks, dykes, drains and ditches.

The flooding Minister Rebecca Pow recently visited the constituency and made clear the Government's commitment to support communities and help relieve flooding. I shared with her the experiences of local people and gave those on the front line of tackling flooding in Fylde the chance to share their views. I will be sharing with her the findings of Fylde Council's flooding taskforce and making the case for action based on their recommendations.