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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

The proposed local government reorganisations in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, planned from April 2020, will create new unitary authorities. As a result, the existing Composition of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee will need to be varied to accommodate these changes, as the existing Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) for these areas will no longer exist. 

Do you agree with the proposed changes to the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee composition?

You Said

Stakeholders agreed with the proposed changes to the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee composition.

We Did

The responses to the Consultation were carefully considered and reviewed by the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee at their Meeting on the 10th July 2019. Details of the Meeting are located here.
The Committee agreed to the Proposals to the Variation to the Composition of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee that was to be submitted in two parts (Phase 1 and Phase 2) for Ministerial approval. 

We Asked

Proposals
• No changes to the number of EA or LLFA Members or to the LLFAs sharing seats.
• Given the near 50:50 split of tax base across the two new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire within the Anglian (Northern) RFCC area, the existing three seats for Northamptonshire are proposed to be split. Each new authority will have their own seat and they will also share a third seat between themselves.

You Said

All stakeholders who responded agreed that the Anglian (Northern) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee should divide the allocation of the three voting seats in Northamptonshire as follows: Each new unitary authority to have their own voting seat and the third will be shared between the unitary authorities.

Options for sharing the third seat:

Option 1 - Third seat rotates on an annual basis between the two unitary authorities: 2 out of the 4 responses.
Option 2 - Third voting seat is appointed by, or on behalf of, the two unitary authorities: 1 out of the 4 responses.
Option 3 - Other: 1 out of the 4 responses.
Summary of relevant key points raised:
• This is consistent with the system used to rotate the voting seat shared between Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.
• It should be up to all councils who have shared seats to make this decision.

We Did

The local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire was postponed from April 2020 to April 2021.
The responses to the Consultation will be carefully considered and reviewed by the Anglian (Northern) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee in 2020. The Committees decision on the Variation to the Composition of the Anglian (Northern) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee will then be submitted for approval by the Environment Agency FCRM Committee and subsequently submitted to the Minister of State for consideration and approval before 1st December 2020. Enactment of the approved Variation to the Composition will be from 1st April 2021.

We Asked

The consultation focussed on two main areas:
• Two options for the Variation to the Composition of the Anglian (Central) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.
• Proposed name change form Anglian (Central) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to Anglian (Great Ouse) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

You Said

The majority of stakeholders were in favour of better reflecting spread of Tax Base across Lead Local Flood Authorities, and that the Anglian (Central) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee should change the shared seats to a Partnership approach. There was also very strong support for the new title for the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

We Did

The responses to the Consultation were carefully considered and reviewed by the Anglian (Central) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee at their Meeting on the 18th July 2019. Details of the Meeting are located here.
Composition of the RFCC
The Committee decided that 'Better reflecting spread of Tax Base across Lead Local Flood Authorities' would be submitted in two parts (Phase 1 and Phase 2) for Ministerial approval. 

Name of the RFCC
The Anglian (Central) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee recommended a change of name of the RFCC to Anglian (Great Ouse) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. The Environment Agency agreed to apply Regulation 5 of The Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 and the name was changed from October 2019.