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Livestream Multi-Agency Flood And Drought Summit – CANCELLED

Please see the below initiation from Norfolk County Council:

We are hugely saddened to have to announce the postponement of the Flood & Drought Summit, that was due to take place this Friday 31st May 2024. It will be rearranged for the Autumn of 2024 and you will receive an invitation, once we have a new date.

Even though the Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance is a non-political organisation, given the announcement of the General Election on 4th July, some of our Partners and speakers, and the MPs who were due to participate in the event, are bound by pre-election rules, which means that they cannot undertake any activity that may influence voters. Additionally, the Met Office and the Environment Agency have had to withdraw, following an instruction not to speak at the Summit for the same pre-election reasons. Given EA’s critical influence and involvement in key flood and drought decisions, we felt that we could no longer go ahead and have the meaningful debate that we wished for.

We had been trying to reorganise the summit to remove any content that would contravene the strict pre-election rules that our government agency partners must abide by. Sadly however, we felt that the summit was losing some key content and have taken the decision to postpone until the Autumn.

It will be rearranged, so we ask for your patience whilst we find another suitable date. We will be in contact again, after the 4th July General Election.

10am-1pm, Friday 31st May 2024

Dear Parish Councils

We are writing to invite you to view our livestreamed, multi-agency summit, to discuss flooding and water management in Norfolk and the actions we can collectively take to mitigate it.

Following the significant flooding experienced this last winter, we are bringing together a wide range of agencies and stakeholders which have various responsibilities relating to water management. It is important to ensure we are strategic and accountable in the way that we tackle flooding events across the county, and plan for drought too.

The focus of the summit will be on action, and how agencies can achieve this through collaborating better with each other and with communities. There will be a variety of speakers, including Norfolk County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), as well as representatives from the Met Office, Water Resources East, Association of Drainage Authorities, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency.

Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance are holding this summit in collaboration with George Freeman MP, who is also co-ordinating a new Inland Flooding (Prevention & Liabilities) Bill in Parliament to implement much needed key reforms and make authorities’ responsibilities clearer for flood prevention. The summit will also be well attended by Norfolk MPs.

We hope you can participate in this landmark summit, where our discussions on the day will galvanise future actions and continue our shared aims of working better together. This is a not to be missed opportunity to be part of the solution to Norfolk’s challenges from flooding and drought.

The link to the livestream is here

Questions for the panel

The Summit will include a panel discussion and Q&A session, involving Anglian Water, Association of Drainage Authorities, the Environment Agency, Norfolk County Council and Water Resources East. Please submit your questions by sending them to nsfa@norfolk.gov.uk anytime up to the event.

Questions will be accepted during the live stream event also.

I hope that you can be part of this important summit.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Kay Mason Billig, Leader of the Council

Henry Cator OBE DL, Chair of the Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance (NSFA)