Volunteers wanted to help manage flood risk in Wessex region

THE Environment Agency is looking for new members to join the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee which covers Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Bristol, and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire.

A spokesperson said: “We want enthusiastic people from all walks of life to fill vacancies and help manage flood risk throughout Wessex, making a real difference to people’s lives and to the environment we live in.

“Being an RFCC member is an exciting opportunity to help guide local flood and coastal management across the whole region.

“We are recruiting one member to represent coastal processes and one member to represent general interests.

“The successful applicants will play an important role in deciding on local priorities, approving programmes of work, and supporting us and lead local flood authorities in working with communities and other partners. They will also promote the consideration of climate change impacts in local decision making.

“A key role will be ensuring the aims of the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy are embodied within the committee’s decisions and to ensure consistency between strategic and local plans.

“RFCC members are all appointed as impartial individuals in their own right and not as representatives of any particular organisation. It is important that the committees represent the communities they serve. We make all public appointments on merit, following a fair, open and transparent process.

“The committee meets four times a year at locations within the Wessex area, although successful candidates may also be asked to attend additional meetings. These are unpaid roles but reasonable expenses, including travel, can be claimed.”

For more information or to request an application pack contact Stacie Bristow at WessexRFCC@environment-agency.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday, March 7.

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