Experts from around Europe to attend event

Keighley News: Councillor Val Slater Councillor Val Slater

Bradford is to host a major conference with around 150 delegates from across Europe gathering to discuss how to combat the risk of flooding in urban areas.

The three-day event will involve representatives from eight European cities and two universities sharing their knowledge on ways to help people living in urban areas at risk from the effects of flooding.

It will mark the end of the EU-funded FloodResilienCity (FRC) project which was established to integrate an increasing demand for more houses and other buildings in urban areas with the need for better flood risk management measures in North-West European cities.

Bradford was chosen to take part along with Brussels and Leuven in Belgium, Dublin, Mainz in Germany, Paris and Orleans in France, and the Dutch city Nijmegen. Academics from the University of Sheffield and the City of Paris Engineering School are also involved.

The event in May will consist of a three-day conference of politicians, public authority officers, academics, professionals and other invited guests.

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for housing, planning, and transport, said: “Bradford is happy to host this event which is designed to develop integrated, adaptable and flexible solutions to the problem of flood risk management. I am sure our partners in the project can help the people of Bradford by sharing expertise.”

Around 28,000 inhabitants of the Bradford district are at risk of flooding. As part of the FRC project, Bradford Council experts are working on methods to map flood risk.

The work follows on from the city hosting the National Flood Forum in 2006 where Council officers were able to pass on their expertise following devastating floods across the district in 2000. The rivers Aire and Worth burst their banks, hitting Stockbridge at Keighley worst. People were also forced from their homes in Bingley, Menston, Baildon and Skipton.

The existing flood defences were inadequate to cope with one of the wettest autumns on record.

The conference will take place at different venues including City Hall and National Media Museum, from May 13 to 15.

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10:48am Wed 6 Feb 13

Bone_idle18 says...

Think urban Bradford is pretty safe from flooding, unless the drains of the city Park get blocked!
Think urban Bradford is pretty safe from flooding, unless the drains of the city Park get blocked! Bone_idle18
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12:58pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Is this excuse of a get together costing the taxpayers of Bradford?
Is this excuse of a get together costing the taxpayers of Bradford? Thee Voice of Reason
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1:09pm Wed 6 Feb 13

scanipoos says...

houses built on stilts comes to mind , perhaps
houses built on stilts comes to mind , perhaps scanipoos
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2:32pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Not so simple says...

Move to higher ground. Guaranteed to beat the floods!

For the last thirty years I recall various governments and various environment departments suggesting that we spend dozens of millions on this and that flood defence.....what's happened to all that investment?
Move to higher ground. Guaranteed to beat the floods! For the last thirty years I recall various governments and various environment departments suggesting that we spend dozens of millions on this and that flood defence.....what's happened to all that investment? Not so simple
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2:59pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Good idea, hold a flood conference in one of the City's highest above sea level.
Good idea, hold a flood conference in one of the City's highest above sea level. Prisoner Cell Block A
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3:07pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for housing, planning, and transport, said:


I'd trust her, she's doing a grand job with the above is she not?

NOT
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council executive member for housing, planning, and transport, said: I'd trust her, she's doing a grand job with the above is she not? NOT Prisoner Cell Block A
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11:35pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Val's probably worried about the canal flooding her house in Bingley miles away from the area she represents.
Val's probably worried about the canal flooding her house in Bingley miles away from the area she represents. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:28am Thu 7 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

I can remember Bradford City centre flooding in the mid 60’s. Thought the rain would never stop and the sight of the police frogmen coming out of the flooded subways in foster square I shall never forget. Fortunately the couple that run the little newsagent shop in one of the subways had got out and was ok.
I can remember Bradford City centre flooding in the mid 60’s. Thought the rain would never stop and the sight of the police frogmen coming out of the flooded subways in foster square I shall never forget. Fortunately the couple that run the little newsagent shop in one of the subways had got out and was ok. Outraged English Subject
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2:53pm Thu 7 Feb 13

brian kiernan smith says...

it should be convened in hebden bridge, prior to the next deluge. they know all about flooding.
it should be convened in hebden bridge, prior to the next deluge. they know all about flooding. brian kiernan smith
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