Planning for Floods …

Cllr Ian Schofield, residents and Club Members cleaning up the Cricket Ground after flooding

A six-week consultation has been launched by Bury Council on a draft “Local Flood Risk Management Strategy”.

The consultation runs from 30 October to 11 December 2017.

Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth, Holcombe Village and Hawkshaw has seen flooding in recent years, so your views are particularly important.

Areas of Ramsbottom are now in the Environment Agency Flood Zone, and include Stubbins Lane, Kenyon Street, Crow Lane, Nuttall Park, Ramsbottom Cricket Ground and Ramsbottom United Football Club, and other areas such as Carr Street, Moor Road, Branch Road, Manchester Road/Whitelow Brow are known for surface water flooding.

The Strategy will complement the Environment Agency’s national flood risk management strategy.  Bury Council also works alongside the other Councils in Greater Manchester to prevent flood risk.

The draft consultation document covers the main sources of flooding as well as focusing on the council’s specific responsibilities for local flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.

The rivers that run through the Borough such as the Irwell, Roch and Kirklees Brook are the responsibility of the Environment Agency.

The three main aims of the Bury Local Flood Risk Management Strategy are to:

  • Increase awareness of local flood risk issues
  • Identify how partners such as the Environment Agency and United Utilities are working together to reduce flood risk
  • Provide an overview of ongoing flood risk management within the borough, together with an action plan and a programme of schemes

A number of potential schemes have been identified to help reduce flood risk, and whilst it isn’t possible to prevent all flooding, the Council needs to consider the risks faced and ways in which the risks and potential consequences can be managed.

“This consultation gives people an important opportunity to have their say on the schemes we have identified to help address potential flood risk in our borough.”

To view the consultation document and find out how to comment visit

For advice on what to do before, during and after a flood visit