Sandbag Provision Regarding Flooding – policy change

Message from NFDC

There is shortly to be a change in District Council policy regarding the issue of sandbags as explained below. 

For several years the District Council has provided sandbags for collection from various locations and during some events have delivered sandbags to properties. However, as the property owner is probably aware, it is the responsibility of property owners to take all necessary steps to protect their own property against flooding and the Council does not have a duty to provide sandbags for this purpose. 

There are now many flood protection products available to property owners that offer better performance and a much enhanced level of protection compared to sandbags and which, in the long-term, are more environmentally sustainable. They range from simple door guards and air brick covers to complete protection systems.

In recognition of this growing market in property-level flood protection products, and of increasing concerns about the unsustainable nature of using sandbags due to their short life and limited effectiveness, the Council proposes to stop making sandbags available to the general public from Spring next year.

The National Flood Forum, an independent national charity which helps people to prepare for flooding in order to prevent it or mitigate its impacts, publishes the ‘Blue Pages’, a directory of products and services designed to help protect against flooding.  This can be viewed at or a copy obtained by contacting The National Flood Forum, Snuff Mill Warehouse, Bewdley, Worcestershire. DY12 2EL.  Tel: 01299 403 055. This information should be of help to anyone who is likely to suffer flooding.

If you have any queries on the above please contact Stuart Beaton on telephone number 023 8028 5588