Surrey County Council has established a local flood risk partnership. This brings together all the relevant organisations that have a part to play in managing flood risk. The Surrey Flood Risk Partnership Board will enable the county council (as the lead local flood authority) and its partners to take forward their new roles for local flood risk management as set out in the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) and the Flood Risk Regulations 2009.
The main objective of the Partnership Board is to provide strategic leadership on flood risk management in Surrey. In doing so, it will promote the principles of partnership and efficiency, through delivery of a multi-agency work programme. It will provide a forum for all Risk Management Authorities (including the Environment Agency, water companies, the highways authority and Internal Drainage Boards) to co-operate and share plans, resources and information on all types of flood risk. It will also allow an alignment of priorities and investment.
The core membership consists of senior representatives from the following Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) and organisations:
- Surrey County Council
- Surrey district and boroughs
- Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
- Guildford Borough Council
- Mole Valley District Council
- Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- Runnymede Borough Council
- Spelthorne Borough Council (Also representing Elmbridge Borough Council)
- Surrey Heath Borough Council
- Woking Borough Council
- Environment Agency
- Thames Water
- Surrey Fire & Rescue
The wider membership includes the Highways Agency, Network Rail, Surrey Police, Southern Water, the Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment, UK Power Networks, the Upper Medway Internal Drainage Board, the National Trust, Basingstoke Canal Authority, the Ministry of Defence and the remaining districts and boroughs.
The Partnership Board meets roughly every quarter. It discusses a variety of topics relating to the way flood risk is managed in Surrey. This includes the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, funding, Surface Water Management Plans (SWMP's) communications, consenting, investigations and roles and responsibilities. The first meeting was held in September 2011.
The Partnership Board will play a role in developing a programme of flood risk works for Surrey. It will be able to comment on and endorse proposed schemes from all the RMAs and boroughs and districts in Surrey. Some projects may also be developed in partnership, where different flood risks are managed by different RMAs. Approved projects will be prioritised in a forward programme that is in line with the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. The Partnership Board will compile all individual submissions into a single programme for Surrey. This will then be presented to the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for approval.