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Godwin Ekebuisi, Jim Fletcher and Cllr Bryan Lodge by the River Don
Godwin Ekebuisi, Jim Fletcher and Cllr Bryan Lodge by the River Don

Public thanked for responses in flood protection consultation

14 March 2017

Council leaders have today thanked those who took part in a public consultation on flood protection options for the city.

People were asked for their views on how to best protect the Upper Don, Sheaf and Porter valleys, in efforts to prevent a repeat of the devastating Sheffield floods of 2007.

Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “The partnership between the city council and the Environment Agency is delighted with the overwhelming response it received from the public, local communities and interested groups during the consultation on flood protection options undertaken in the autumn of last year.

“We thank all those that gave up their time to take part.

“As planned, the project team has been busy over the winter assessing responses and finalising a shortlist of options that represent a number of approaches to protecting the city from flooding.

“We will confirm the shortlist very soon.

“Before doing this, the partnership is taking a little more time to conclude the scoping stage of the project by carrying out quality assurance checking with the project’s expert consultants.

“While this means that this early stage of the project is taking a little longer than envisaged, the partnership believes that this is time well spent now to make sure that the project achieves the highest possible standards for our city.”