PLANS are about to start taking shape for a flood resilience plan in Prudhoe.

At last week’s Prudhoe Town Council meeting, councillors heard from community engagement officer for the Environment Agency, Colin Hall.

He was proposing the set up of a Community Flood plan in the town, which would improve flood resilience and ensure the town was prepared to react to flooding if it did occur. He said they would be looking for volunteer wardens to help get the project up and running.

While the Environment Agency would create the basis of the flood plan, volunteers would modify it based on their local knowledge.

“We want people who can identify the risks and work alongside us and try and minimise the impact of flooding,” he said.

Plans have been completed for a number of places in the area, with Ponteland and Riding Mill both having been recently finished.

Coun. Gerry Price raised concerns that the Environment Agency did not prioritise Prudhoe as an area, because a low number of residential properties are at risk from flooding - he said there was only one property in the town which was at risk of flooding. Mr Hall said he would pass on those concerns.

He also said he would be free to attend local events to encourage people to help with the community flood plan.