Flooding in Flintshire

1. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change – in the Senedd at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of Jack Sargeant Jack Sargeant Labour

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7. What support is the Welsh Government and its partners providing to protect communities in Flintshire from flooding? OQ60696

Photo of Julie James Julie James Labour 2:24, 21 February 2024

Thank you for the question, Jack Sargeant. The Welsh Government works closely with our local authorities and Natural Resources Wales as the lead flood risk management authorities. We encourage the risk management authorities to put forward proposed schemes for funding under our flood and coastal erosion risk management programme, and I will be publishing next year's programme in March.

Photo of Jack Sargeant Jack Sargeant Labour 2:25, 21 February 2024

Thank you for that answer, Minister, and for the response you gave me in written correspondence a few weeks ago on this issue, and I look forward to your statement on the flood and coastal erosion risk management programme. 

I've raised this a number of times about the issues locally in Flintshire around flooding, and I think I've made my position pretty clear before, Minister, that the already identified work needs to take place in Flintshire as quickly as possible, as does any additional work to identify further measures to protect communities. Can I ask you, as you consider the programme of works, to ensure that the fact that areas like Mancot, Sandycroft and Broughton have been flooded more than once in recent years is factored in when drawing up this year's investment programme?

Photo of Julie James Julie James Labour

Yes, thank you very much, Jack, for that. And I absolutely do know how devastating the impacts of flooding can be on homes and livelihoods, and on lives and on children. I've met many who've been really traumatised by it, so I want to offer once again my sympathies to anyone who's been affected by the recent flood events during this winter season. And I know that your constituents were particularly affected by storm Babet back in October, and my heartfelt sympathy to them. 

We have been working with all the risk management authorities and I'm aware that Flintshire County Council have submitted a number of bids for funding in the following round. I'm afraid I'm not able to provide today any assurances on which schemes will receive funding at this time, but I'm very happy to confirm that recent flooding impacts are very much considered when we prioritise investment through the flood programme. And I will, Llywydd, be announcing the programme on 19 March.