Members of the public flood in to give their views

Sheffield residents gathered to have their say on what should be done to prevent a repeat of the devastating 2007 floods.

Thursday, 25th August 2016, 3:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:34 pm
Sheffield residents gathered to have their say on flooding. Pictured Dr Godwin Ekebuisi, left, James Fletcher. Photo by Alice Lancaster.

From 11am to 8pm yesterday, members of the public attended Sheffield Wednesday’s Charlton Suite to discuss flood prevention plans with Organisers, which was the first consultation of five.

A series of options which have been put forward by Sheffield Council and Environmental Agencies are open for discussion, in a bid to involve the public with plans.

Organisers have proposed a variety of ways to help stop flooding, some of which include using local parks and terrains as flood storage space.

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Programme Manager Dr Godwin Ekebuisi said: “We are very passionate about putting measures forward to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of the 2007 flooding. We have mapped out some possible conclusions for us all to agree on. There are options.”

Jeff Knowles, who owns an allotment near River Loxley expressed his concerns. He said: “If they use overflow methods then i’m concerned for our allotments. If they could do something rather than using this method then they should.”

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment, defended the proposal. He said: “It’s important to remember that these areas would be flooded anyway. These are only suggestions, and if anyone else has any suggestions or opinions then why wouldn’t we listen?”

The next public consultation will take place at Sheffield United’s Football Club on September 8.