Building resilience

As with much of the country it is clear that Surrey faces an increased frequency and severity of adverse weather events, notably flooding and heatwaves. These severe weather events have the potential to have a significant impact on:

  • Local services
  • Infrastructure such as highways
  • Our homes and where we live; and
  • The health and wellbeing of local residents, particularly those in vulnerable groups.

We are taking a varied approach to building resilience to climate change: investing in large scale schemes such as the Thames flood alleviation scheme; running smaller programmes such as the installation of sustainable urban drainage systems; and exploring more sustainable uses of our land.

Do you know of any programmes worth talking about, or ideas you would like to see developed?

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Richard
18 June 2020 2:51 pm

The road systems in Surrey are not being maintained to an acceptable condition. Surrey are failing to repair the roads correctly often just placing asphalt into a pothole which experience tell us is only a temporary solution; which is not cost effective. Drainage ditches are not being cleared leading to flooding of roads which in turn leads to increased degradation to the road surface. Roadside shrubbery is not being cut back making signage difficult to read.

Steve
16 June 2020 8:55 pm

Should draw up a list of most commonly flooded areas and make sure ditches and drains areas cleared more regularly than other areas. Should look into introducing marshland/wetland wildlife habitats as these can soak up flood water and retain it therefore reducing flooding. Also should look into reintroducing beavers across the country as they are known to reduce flooding due to there dam building.

Susan
10 June 2020 7:56 pm

Halt the fracking for one thing because that will add to the problem immediately and then you will have to do heaps more to counteract that. Fracking completely ruins your declaration of a climate emergency. And then moving it all by road ruins your reducing road travel action plan. This is in no way green for Surrey or the country it is just for the benefit of the fracking company. Not at all green or a sustainable use of land.

Anna D
9 June 2020 4:15 pm

Need to ensure that land use is not contributing to flooding – looking upstream at land management. They are good schemes elsewhere in the country recognizing the benefit of natural ways of improving flooding such as tree cover and beavers. This also brings other biodiversity benefits.

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