At the November 2010 Enterprise, Environment & Transportation Committee meeting of Fife Council, a report on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and its implications for Fife Council was submitted by the Head of Transportation Services for consideration by councillors. FFAG has a previously blog post about this meeting.
John A Thomson, Chairman of FFAG, attended this meeting and came away with the concern that some councillors didn’t fully appreciate the legal duty being placed onto the council nor the financial and resourcing requirements.
One of our biggest fear was and still is the lack of ring fencing of the additional funds being released from the Scottish Government to assist with the transitional arrangements from the old 1961 Act to the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009. Councillors mustn’t underestimate the amount of money it is going to take nor the scale of the task to comply with the new legislation.
The minutes of this meeting state:
366. FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 2009
The Committee considered a report by the Head of Transportation Services advising on the phased implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and the important implications for Fife Council arising from the implementation of the Act.
The Committee agreed:-
- that further reports would be submitted to the Environment Enterprise and Transportation Committee following the introduction of legislation on Flood Risk Management
- to note the financial and resource implications for Fife Council arising from the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009; and
- to note the need to assist SEPA to prepare for local Flood Risk Management Plans and to comply with the new statutory duties.
It is welcome to see the committee has placed the above statement into the public domain; words that go some way to alleviate the concerns of FFAG. However we make this plea to the councillors; please don’t eye up the transitional funding for other projects until the FRM Act is fully implemented.
FFAG will continue to lobby our representatives and monitor progress as Fife Council works to fully implements the FRM Act.
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