Suffolk's Flood Risk Management Strategy
Suffolk's Flood Risk Management Strategy is an important new tool to help everyone understand and manage flood risk within our county. The strategy summarises information on the risk of all types of flooding in Suffolk and ways to manage that risk.
The activities identified in this strategy can only manage flood risk. It would not be possible, even if there was unlimited money available, to protect all properties from any flood risk. Instead efforts need to be made by all involved, organisations and householders alike, to help reduce flood risk in practical ways.
- Keep watercourses free from debris and unnecessary structures. Talk to Suffolk County Council if you want to put in a culvert or any other structure in a watercourse.
- Avoid paving over your garden unless you use suitable permeable surfaces.
- Help to keep rain water out of the drains by using water butts, green roofs, rain gardens, etc.
- Don't wash cement, fats and oils down your drain as this can block them increasing the risk of flooding.
- If you are building a property, talk to your local council about sustainable drainage at the earliest possible stage.
- If you have flood defences on your land, consider whether you can help to maintain them. Speak to Suffolk County Council if you need help.
- Be aware of the risk of flooding in your area. If you are at risk, sign up for flood warnings and keep a watch out for weather warnings. Prepare a plan of what you will do if a flood is forecast.
Launch of Healthwatch Suffolk
Healthwatch is the name of a new organisation that, building on the work of Local Involvement Networks (LINks), will become the consumer champion for health and social care services accross England from 1st April 2013. Click here to visit Healthwatch Suffollk's website.
Sunday Bus Services in Bury St Edmunds
Details of the Sunday bus services from Moreton Hall, Nowton, Westley, Priors and Mildenhall Road estates.
Environment Agency - Flood warning service
The Environment Agency now provides free direct flood alerts for flooding from groundwater in Bury St Edmunds (and other parts of Suffolk). Click here to visit the Environment Agency's website and register for its Flood Warning Service
The Official Bury St Edmunds Town Guide - 3rd edition
The updated edition of the Official Town Guide containing useful information and a map can be viewed online. Click here to view the online version of the guide.
If you have any suggestions regarding improvements or additions or any other comments we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Strengthening our relationships
As part of our intention for greater engagement with the community, the Town Council is seeking to strengthen its relationships with organisations and opinion forming bodies. More details about the way forward can be found in this website.
We are keen to receive feedback on our services and suggestions on how, in partnership, new areas of service might be developed. We have already contacted several groups about this but realise we will have missed many so if you think you are among these, please respond via e-mail to the following:
- Could you advise us of the contact details of a person within your organisation who is willing to be a key contact on matters relating to the Town Council – an e-mail address would be preferable. Are you willing for the contact details to be held on our database?
- Are there ways in which you consider the Town Council could develop its services? If so, are you willing to assist and in what way?
- If you produce a newsletter or have your own website, would you be interested in including articles provided by the Town Council? It would also be helpful to know the approximate size and distribution of your newsletter (ie the number of recipients/area)
- If your organisation does not wish for further contact from the Town Council please let us know
We look forward to hearing from you.