Six sought to join regional flood team

A NEW regional flood management group is seeking six members of the community to join its team.

The Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (NRFCC) will cover the major river catchments in Northumberland, Durham, Tyne and Wear and Teesside, deciding local priorities, raising levies and approving flood work programmes.

Members will also support the Environment Agency and local authorities in working with communities and others to identify flooding issues and raise funds to tackle the problems.

The group, which replaces the Regional Flood Defence Committee, will require a balance of skills, knowledge and expertise and must have at least one member with experience of nature conservation and another with knowledge of coastal processes.

The Environment Agency is also interested to hear from anyone who has expertise in surface water flooding, academic research into flooding and external funding.

Regional Flood and Coastal Manager for the Environment Agency Phil Younge said: “This is an exciting chance to play an important local role in guiding flood and coastal activities.”

The Government will appoint the committee’s Chairman and councils will appoint 12 members for local democratic input.

The committee is expected to play a vital part in the Government’s new partnership approach to flood works funding where the community and local authorities are expected to contribute financially towards schemes.

Committee members will not receive a salary, but expenses will be paid. The group is expected to meet four times a year, but there could also be occasional sub-group work.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 12 and interviews will take place in November. There will be an induction meeting before new members take up their role on January 1.

For an application pack call 0113 231 2373 or email jayne.nixon@environment-agency.gov.uk