A paper for HCC’s Cabinet meeting on 24 February reflects on recent and ongoing flooding and high wind events, following, as they do, several winters of snow and ice.

The task now is to look at how greater levels of resilience and different levels and types of support could be given to different communities.

The paper states that “Only increased local community capacity to help manage local flood events, and significant additional national investment in flood relief schemes, increased drainage system capacity, and vigilant maintenance of ditches and water courses can help to mitigate impact on communities and property” set against a backdrop of reduced central government funding and budget reductions in local government.

Although everyone does their bit to a greater or lesser extent, the feeling is that as resources get scarcer, it seems right to look again at planning for such events and community resilience. The intention is to prepare a paper for the Hampshire Partnership (previously known as the Senate).