Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in its new role as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) has to ensure that a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) is produced for the area.
The LFRMS determines the locally significant flood risk for the area, focusing mainly on flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses, and helps everyone affected to understand and manage flood risk. It also considers significant interactions with main rivers and sewers.
The LFRMS must be consistent with what is stated in the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the national strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in Wales.
The main aim of the strategy is to reduce the risk of flooding and the social and economic damage that flooding causes, in a sustainable manner. The LFRMS outlines the legislation with regard to flood risk, the nature of flood risk, the objectives for managing flood risk and the range of actions that could be undertaken. It will also consider what funding is available and how flood risk management could be used to make this funding adequately deal with existing and future flood risks.