This summer has seen the damage caused to homes, businesses and infrastructure as a result of flooding caused by heavy seasonal rainfall. Alongside this, Covid-19 has provided many of us with an opportunity to spend more time in the communities we live. The Scottish Programme for Government wants to continue to support people living and working in their communities.
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has worked with the Scottish Government to commission research, exploring what local authorities and housing associations across Scotland are doing to tackle urban flooding problems by working with nature.
Evidence will be gathered, to better understand views on the best ways to manage surface water flooding in communities.
The Scottish Government supports involving communities in creating shared spaces and encouraging public bodies to work with communities to improve inclusion in decision making. This strengthens the connection between people and the places they share. CAS believes that communities have a role in supporting public bodies to manage surface water flooding in the future.
The research should highlight good practice and support the identification of innovative and sustainable ways to manage surface water at a community level.
Outputs from the research will be available in 2021.