Surrey County Council is represented on the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. There is a small area in the southern part of Surrey which is covered by the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee but Surrey has no representation on this committee.
The county's current representative on the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee is Councillor John Furey.
What do the committees do?
The Thames and Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committees are consultative consenting bodies for the Environment Agency in these respective regions.
These committees receive consultation from the Environment Agency about the way the Environment Agency proposes to carry out its flood and coastal erosion risk management functions and they may make representations to the Environment Agency about the exercise of these regional functions. The Environment Agency is required to take these representations into account. These committees also issue consent to the Environment Agency for:
- The implementation of their regional programme
- The issue of any levy on the lead local flood authorities in their respective region
- The revenue expenditure for their respective region.