Flood Action Group


To raise your concerns about flooding issues or ask questions about the activities of the Flood Action Group please join us at a Community Meeting (see the details opposite), or send an email to .


What is the Flood Action Group?

A group of local community members whose role is to identify and prioritorise the many flooding problems across the Parish area, and liaise with and encourage the various Flood Risk Management Authorities to undertake the drainage work that is necessary to resolve these flooding problems.


To achieve this the Group is supported by the National Flood Forum which is a charity organisation to help, support and represent people at risk of flooding.


Main Focus of Activities

Strategic - to work with the various Flood Risk Management Authorities to achieve the implementation of the:-

  • Smallfield Flood Alleviation Scheme
  • Upgrading of Pump Station Facilities

Drainage Network - to encourage the Flood Management and Drainage Authorities to repair, maintain and improve drainage in areas of known flooding, with an initial focus on those problems causing flooding risks to properties and safety concerns.


Ditches - to support and encourage the owners of open and piped ditches to repair, clean and maintain their ditches. Including working with local contractors to arrange machinery and provide a service to undertake ditch maintenance.


Local Planning - to provide local knowledge on drainage matters to guide the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan.


Who are the Flood Risk Management Authorities?


The Group will meet regularly with representatives of the following Authorities to agree priorities and monitor progress of their actions to resolve the flooding problems.


  • The Environment Agency
  • Thames Water
  • Surrey County Council
  • Highways England
  • Tandridge District Council
  • Reigate & Banstead Borough Council


Blue Pages Website - The UK's Leading Independent Flood Directory

This website provides lots of advice about flood protection, including equipment and contacts for organisations that can undertake surveys and design specific home protection drainage systems.

It is a useful resource that may be valuable for any residents that are considering their own flood protection measures. http://bluepages.org.uk/



Community Residents Meeting

These are open meetings to which all members of the community are invited to attend.

The first meeting was held on 25th April 2018, last meeting held 1st May 2019, and the Open Day was held on Thursday 7th March 2019, 3-7pm, with great attendance.

Our next Community meeting date is yet to be decided, please check back for updates.


Multi Agency Meeting (MAM)

At this meeting called a MAM representatives of the Smallfield Flood Action Group meet the Flood Risk Management Authorities to investigate and address a wide range of flooding issues across Burstow and Smallfield.


The first meeting was held on 28th March 2018, last meeting 1st May 2019, date of next meeting September 2019.


The attachments summarise the issues raised and the actions agreed at these meetings and the discussions at Community Residents meetings.


Click to view notes from the latest meetings:-

  • Community Residents Meeting Minutes - 15th January 2019 - here
  • Community Residents Meeting Minutes - 5th September 2018 - here
  • Community Residents Meeting Minutes - 15th June 2018 here
  • Multi-Agency Meeting Minutes - 1st May 2019 - here
  • Multi-Agency Meeting Minutes - 16th January 2019 - here
  • Multi-Agency Meeting Minutes - 26th September 2018 here
  • Multi-Agency Meeting Minutes - 15th June 2018 here
  • Core Team Meeting Minutes - 1st May 2019 - here
  • Core Team Meeting Minutes - 8th November 2018 here

Multi-Agency Meeting Priority Questions List


Priority Ditch Maintenance List


Information Documents


These documents provide information about flood risks and responsibilities.


Document (1) describes the factors that affect flooding in our area and summarises the status of the implementation of a flood alleviation scheme.

Document (2) explains who is responsible for the various elements of the drainage system, including the watercourses, main rivers, sewers, and road drains, and what is riparian ownership.


Flood Factors Report Nov 18

Understanding Drainage and Flooding Responsibilities


Flooding Risks Presentation at Community Meeting - 7 March 2019