21st December 2018 - FLD response to SL/2018/0925 Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme

We have now submitted our response to SL/2018/0925 Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme - Phase 1 Kendal Linear Defences. You can read it at this link: FLD response to SL20180925.pdf

21st December 2018 - Additional information provided by the Environment Agency

Information relating to the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme provided by the Environment Agency

Fact Check figures: Kendal_Factcheck_V2.pdf

Kendal Future Flood Risk Management Update: Kendal_newsletter_Final_Dec_18.pdf

18th December 2018 - Press Release issued today - Kendal Flood Defence Scheme

The Environment Agency has proposed a Kendal Flood Defence Scheme to try to reduce the flood risk to homes and businesses in the town that was one of the Cumbrian communities badly affected by Storm Desmond in 2015. 

The Plan includes flood defence barriers and embankments along much of the riverside within the town, and areas at Mintsfeet, Beezon Fields and Gooseholme being allowed to flood in order to store and slow down water flow. 

Local landscape charity, Friends of the Lake District, while welcoming measures that will reduce flooding risks, has raised some questions on this particular plan. 

Lorayne Wall, Planning Officer at Friends of the Lake District, 

“We feel that given the scale, complexity and importance of this scheme, insufficient time has been allowed for members of the public and relevant organisations to properly consider all the documentation and its implications. 

“There is concern over the large number of trees to be felled given that trees contribute so much to the character of Kendal as well as helping to provide cleaner air, habitat, bank stabilisation and intercepting and storing water. 

“There is little mention of natural flood management measures within the town, further upstream or across the wider river catchment. There may be further opportunities to reduce run-off rates, reduce the peak flow of water and in turn, reduce the need for such significant and highly engineered measures within Kendal. There needs to be more consideration of alternatives such as increased flood resilience measures and pop-up flood barriers, such as those in Cockermouth, which would have more limited impacts. 

“This plan offers a valuable opportunity for an innovative solution that delivers on flood mitigation and defence for Kendal whilst protecting and enhancing what is special about the town. We feel that more time and effort should be invested to make sure that this happens.” 

The application is currently being considered by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC). It will be considered by SLDC Councillors at a meeting in March and it is expected that works will start shortly after that if approved.