Flood risk management
We work in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water and other partners to develop strategies and plans to improve how we cope with and manage flood risk.
Cycle 1 (2016-2022)
For the purposes of flood risk management, Scotland has been separated into 14 Local Plan Districts, which are based on river catchments. Dumfries and Galloway Council is the Lead Local Authority for the Solway Local Plan District.
SEPA has published a Flood Risk Management Strategy for the Solway district in December 2015 and we have published the Solway Local Flood Risk Management Plan in June 2016 which sets out how flood risk will be managed in this area:
The interim report to the Local Flood Risk Management Plan was published in February 2019 and shows the progress made in delivering the actions to avoid and reduce the risk of flooding, and prepare and protect ourselves and our communities across the local plan district.
We commissioned a Screening Report for the Solway Local Flood Risk Management Plan in May to identify if there were any additional likely significant environmental effects other than those already identified for the Solway Flood Risk Management Strategy. We consulted key stakeholders and concluded that no new likely significant environmental effects were identified and a further Environmental Report is not required.
Cycle 2 (2022 - 2028)
The Solway FRM Strategy and the Solway Local Flood Risk Management Plan (LFRMP) are currently being updated to identify target areas, objectives, and actions for the second six-year planning cycle (Cycle 2), from 2022 to 2028. Updated versions of these documents have been drafted and are being put to public consultation.
This consultation is being delivered in two phases. Phase one opened in December 2020 and included a summary of flooding in the Local Plan Districts, a description of the Potentially Vulnerable Areas and location of targeted areas.
Phase two opened for responses on Friday 30th July 2021 and includes information on how local actions, planned before 2028, may be delivered and coordinated. Phase 2 of the consultation also includes information and questions on the Strategic Environmental Assessment carried out for the flood risk management plans.
The consultation is available from https://consultation.sepa.org.uk. The consultation opened on Monday 21 December 2020 and will close on Sunday 31 October 2021.
The preferred route for responses during phase two is through the consultation hub, or in writing to:
Flood Risk Management Consultation
Angus Smith Building,
6 Parklands Avenue Eurocentral,
The Flood Risk Management Team are planning drop-in sessions in mid-September where the public can seek advice on this consultation. Information on this will be on social media and on the flooding website on Friday 20th August.
For further information please contact SEPA at FRMplanning@sepa.org.uk with the subject title FRM consultation or call 07747 627671. Alternatively contact the Council's Flood Risk Management team at email@example.com or call 030 33 33 3000.
We have a number of legal duties to manage flood risk. We need to:
- develop the Local Solway Flood Risk Management Plan
- map bodies of water
- assess bodies of water and carry out works of clearance and repair where it will substantially reduce the risk of flooding
- promote and keep a register of flood protection schemes
- record incidents of flooding in Dumfries and Galloway
It is your responsibility to protect your own property from flooding.