Mrs Julie King
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The Parish of Saxlingham Nethergate includes the villages of Saxlingham Nethergate, Saxlingham Green, Saxlingham Thorpe and Foxhole in South Norfolk.
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News and Events
Flooding in the Village
7 January 2021
Norfolk County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority has statutory responsibilities for flood risk management in this area, including investigating significant local flooding incidents and playing a lead role in emergency planning and recovery after a flood event.
Following the recent serious flooding in the Village, the Parish Council has served a formal request on the County Council under section 19 of the Water and Flood Management Act 2010 for an investigation and for remedial work to be undertaken. The particular incidents highlighted include (a) the severe flooding of the Street between the War Memorial and the junction with Cargate Lane, (b) internal flooding of a number of homes and outbuildings in the vicinity, (c) unprecedented velocity and volumes of flooding around the War Memorial and (d) the disintegration of the river bank retaining walls adjoining 1 Cargate Lane.
The Parish Council believes these flooding events can all be attributed, directly or indirectly, to a failure to properly maintain the drain running behind the white railings in the Street. For many years, Anglian Water acknowledged this responsibility and carried out maintenance operations on a number of occasions, until in November 2017 it reversed its policy and practice and since then has undertaken no further work in spite of requests from the Parish Council to do so. Norfolk County Council (as highway authority), South Norfolk Council and the Environment Agency have all at various times also issued statements to the effect that they have no responsibility.
The Parish Council’s letter requests the County Council to use its statutory powers (a) to coordinate urgent action so that all debris and other blockages are cleared and removed, and to work with the Environment Agency to ensure that the railway sleepers and other debris adjacent to 1 Cargate Lane are also cleared and removed and the river bank walls rebuilt; and (b) to advise and assist in identifying the authority responsible for maintaining the Street drain and to ensure that this is properly carried out; (c) given the foreseeable risk of further and even more serious flooding in the future, to clarify the Parish Council’s own responsibilities (if any) in respect of flood risk management.