Planned rivers authorities ‘could put local flood management strategies at risk’

A private members bill passing through the House of Lords must be amended so that flood risk strategies at a local and national level are not undermined by the creation of ‘non-transparent’ and ‘non-accountable’ rivers authorities, the RSPB has said.

The RSPB has taken aim at the draft ivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill 2017-19, which in its current form would enable the creation of Rivers Authorities with powers to create flood risk management strategies without duties to enhance the natural environment or prevent climate change.

The NGO is also unhappy about the “sweeping powers” the bill gives to the secretary of state who will be able to set up and appoint board members to the new public bodies with little oversight into their affairs.

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