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A huge amount of investment has been delivered by many stakeholders across Hull and the East Riding to reduce flood risk since the 2007 floods. However, Hull still remains the second biggest flood risk in the United Kingdom outside of London.

Following a partnership charrette in November 2017 involving the coming together of specialists from all over the world to focus on how we make the Hull and East Riding area more resilient to flooding, the “Living with Water Partnership” was founded.

The partnership comprises the Environment Agency, Hull City Council, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Yorkshire Water. This body has agreed to work collaboratively to deliver the Board’s vision:

“Living with Water will collaborate and innovate to deliver visionary solutions that build thriving resilient communities and want you to be a part of it…”

We will all play a part in achieving that vision through ensuring our contribution facilitates Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire in becoming a sustainable city, protected from climate change with a thriving 21st century economy predicated on the relationship with water in the city and surrounding areas.

Our Partners

Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire is one of the biggest counties in the UK with over 5.4 million people residing here. Yorkshire Water provide clean water and sanitation every day to all those customers.

Yorkshire water need to deliver the services you value the most, protect the environment and meet our legal requirements, and we need to all this while keeping bills as low as possible. This plan provides a summary of our proposed business plan for the next five years from 2015-2020. Over the past three years we have worked hard with customers and stakeholders to develop a fair and balanced plan that has customer priorities at its core, protects our environment and ensures we meet our statutory obligations. Further to our accepted final determination of our plan from Ofwat in late 2014 this plan reflects any updated changes that have been agreed.

To read more about our vision click here

Environment Agency

Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

Who we are

We were established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment. We have around 10,600 employees.

Within England we’re responsible for:

  • Regulating major industry and waste
  • Treatment of contaminated land
  • Water quality and resources
  • fisheries
  • Inland river, estuary and harbour navigations
  • Conservation and ecology

We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.

Lead local flood authorities (LLFAs) are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses and lead on community recovery.

Our priorities are to:

  • Work with businesses and other organisations to manage the use of resources
  • Increase the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion
  • Protect and improving water, land and biodiversity
  • Improve the way we work as a regulator to protect people and the environment and support sustainable growth


Regional flood and coastal committees

The RFCCs were set up by the Environment Agency under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. They bring together members appointed by LLFAs and independent members with relevant experience for 3 purposes:

  • to ensure there are coherent plans for identifying, communicating and managing flood and coastal erosion risks across catchments and shorelines
  • to encourage efficient, targeted and risk-based investment in flood and coastal erosion risk management that represents value for money and benefits local communities
  • to provide a link between the Environment Agency, LLFAs, other risk management authorities, and other relevant bodies to build understanding of flood and coastal erosion risks in its area

Hull City Council

Hull City Council is a local authority that was created in 1972 as the successor to the Corporation of Hull. As of 2018, the council has 4725 employees and 57 elected members.

As part of the council’s commitment to retaining Hull’s creative independence post its reign as the UK City of Culture 2017, we invested £300m in cultural infrastructure, £250m into the city centre, retail and leisure, and attracted 5m visitors to the city during 2017.

In addition to this, the council provides a core service to its residents with more than 400 different services across the city. It delivers care and support for more than 7,000 vulnerable adults and more than 3,000 children and their families. It also looks after 98 play areas and open spaces with four Victorian parks, with East Park hosting over 40 different species in its animal education centre.

Hull City Council works closely alongside a number of partners, and one of the crucial elements of partnership working is being able to deliver tangible benefits to the city’s residents. As 90 percent of Hull stands below the high-tide line, flooding is a real threat to the city. Post the devastating floods of 2007, a huge amount of time, money and work was invested in to building a city that was more flood-resilient. Born out of this was the partnership, Living with Water. The LwW group is a unique opportunity to highlight the work the council are doing alongside Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to develop flood prevention infrastructure.

The combined effort of four authorities means better protection for people and homes in Hull and East Yorkshire, making the city and surrounding area an attractive place to live, visit and do business. Which is evidenced by the city receiving over £3billion of investment in the last 5 years and seeing over 4000 homes built in the last 4 years against a housing requirement of 2480 homes.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council was formed in 1996 covering approximately 930 square miles, making it one of the largest unitary authorities in the country, predominately rural area with over half the population living in dispersed rural communities. In total, there are 333 settlements, ranging from large towns to small, isolated hamlets and farmsteads.

The largest town in the East Riding is Bridlington, other major settlements are Beverley, Goole and the Haltemprice area to the west of Hull which includes Cottingham, Hessle and Anlaby/Willerby/Kirkella.

The East Riding is generally an affluent area and is ranked amongst the least socially deprived area in England, however are pockets of deprivation in places such as Bridlington, Goole and south-east Holderness.

Our vision is: Your East Riding ... where everyone matters

Our priorities are:

- Growing the economy

- Valuing the environment

- Promoting healthy lifestyles

- Protecting the vulnerable

- Helping children and young people achieve

For more information on East Riding of Yorkshire Council click here

Living With Water

“Working together on flood risk management, Hull & Haltemprice will become an international exemplar for living in harmony with water. Together we will support the area on its journey to become a destination city, adapted to climate change, and helping to build the region an economy fit for the 21st century”


Yorkshire Water

Nevil Muncaster

Director of Asset Management

Lee Pitcher

General Manager - Living With Water

Catherine Johnson

Portfolio Manager

Emma Brown

Portfolio Manager

Lynnsey Pilmer

Communications and Engagement Manager

Martin Armour

Portfolio Manager

Environment Agency

John Dickinson

Flood Resilience Advisor

Neil Longden

Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager

Hull City Council

Alex Codd

Director of Economic Regeneration

Mark Jones MBE

Head of Economic Development

Rachel Glossop

Flood Risk Planning Manager

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Alan Menzies

Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration

Astrid Paget

Principal Engineer - Flood Risk Strategy

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