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Flood Defence Policy Statement

This Policy has been prepared by Dudley Council to provide a public statement of the Councils approach to flood defence in its area.

The Government has published a Policy Aim and Objectives for Flood Defence. The aim being to reduce the risks to people and the developed and natural environment from flooding and erosion by:

  • Encouraging the provision of adequate and cost-effective flood warning systems;

  • Encouraging the provision of adequate, technically,  environmentally and economically sound and sustainable flood and coastal defence measures;

  • Discouraging inappropriate development in areas at risk from flooding or coastal erosion.

To ensure a more certain delivery of the aim and objectives by the individual Operating Authorities the Government has also published 14 high level targets and this policy sets out the how Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council will achieve those targets for which it is responsible.

Flood Defence Responsibilities

Dudley Council is the relevant operating authority for flood defences on ordinary watercourses.

The Environment Agency is the relevant operating authority for flood defences on designated main rivers.

Culverts under roads are generally the responsibility of the Council in its capacity as Highway Authority. 

Review of the Policy

Please note that Dudley Council is currently reviewing the policy, and will make it available on the website at the appropriate time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

Contact Details

  • Name Civil Engineering, Environmental Management
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345
  • Opening Hours Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays