Goals and outcomes
The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act -2015 (key objectives)
A resilient Wales: Reducing flood risk whilst enhancing the environment. The project will reduce flooding to 79 properties in a 1 in 100 year flood event up to 2050, and construction of infrastructure will be undertaken in an environmentally-responsible manner. Throughout the project’s lifecycle, opportunities for environmental enhancements will be sought.
A healthier Wales: Safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the public. The public space between the shore and Beach Road is used by the community, and therefore it is important that enhancing this space is given consideration. Enhanced flood protection will also reduce the stress and worry residents may have regarding flooding.
A more equal Wales: Ensuring safe, sustainable construction, and strengthening/regenerating communities. Once an option is confirmed, due consideration can be given to sustainable construction, and the carbon output of the construction will be captured. Redevelopment is being merged with a broader, city-wide scheme.
A Wales of cohesive communities: Maintenance of public footpaths and fields. The scheme will look at opportunities to enhance the green space along the shore, and will make allowances for the coastal cycleway.
Gwynedd Council published the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy in 2013 which contains the following principles:
Embrace a collaborative, local approach to managing the risks and consequences of flooding and coastal erosion, and the provision and funding of innovative schemes to reduce those risks.
Increase the understanding of the risks of flooding and ensure everyone in Gwynedd is aware of these risks, and understands their responsibility to protect their own property from flooding.
Ensure better, more frequent communication between everyone involved in the management of flood risk.
Ensure new development fully embraces sustainable drainage principles and does not increase flood risk.
Develop and maintain effective emergency plans and responses to flood incidents.
Encourage effective maintenance of all structures and watercourses.
The National Flood Risk Management Strategy
This document sets out the policies on flood and coastal erosion risk management, and establishes the following key objectives:
Reducing the consequences for individuals, communities, businesses and the environment from flooding and coastal erosion.
Raising awareness of and engaging people on flood and coastal erosion risk.
Providing an effective and sustained response to flood and coastal erosion events prioritising investment in the most high-risk communities.
Welsh Government Strategy
As part of the Welsh Government’s Coastal Risk Management Programme (CRMP), money is being allocated to support infrastructure:
£150 million investment (75% from Welsh Government and 25% from local authorities).
Enabling adaptation to climate change and implementation of the second shoreline management plan’s recommendations.
Achieving wider additional and community benefits alongside reduced flood and erosion risk.
Contribute to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (especially objectives 6, 7, and 8).
Hirael flood prevention scheme
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