14 March 2024
Flooding Campaign – Update

The rise in serious flooding in Norfolk over the last few years is caused by a number of factors: climate change; new housing estates with inadequate drain infrastructure; a serious lack of maintenance of our rivers, drains, ditches and culverts; and a lack of clearly understood legal responsibilities. 

No one should live in fear of flooding every time it rains.

That’s why I am bringing a Flooding Bill to Parliament to change the laws on planning and flooding liabilities to ensure developers, water companies and other key stakeholders cannot shirk their responsibilities.

Yesterday, I attended a meeting in the Bill Office as work continues to draft that Flooding Bill – and I am working closely with Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance, as well as industry experts and the House of Commons Library, to get the detail right and bring the Bill forward as soon as possible.

Positive progress is being made we work to establish the first annual Norfolk Flood Prevention Summit too – at which the NSFA, with local MPs, will be able to hold the c.35 statutory flooding authorities more firmly to account and better co-ordinate the support that dozens of communities require across the county.

Full details of my campaign can be found here

If YOU are yet to contact me about a flooding issue that has impacted you, please do email me at george.freeman.mp@parliament.uk so that I can raise it with NCC and any other relevant stakeholders.