SEWER flooding in Ascot has been identified as one of the council’s key risks.

Councillors at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) were set to discuss a report on Tuesday, April 9, which outlined areas where the authority needs to take care in its actions going forward.

Flooding in Ascot was listed as a ‘moderate’ danger in the report, which read: “Localised flooding can result in disruption to residents. Sewer flooding is a particular problem in Cookham and Ascot.

“The Environmental Agency indicate the groundwater levels are presently relatively low, so the risk of flooding is lower than if the groundwater level was higher.

“What is less clear is how long it would take for the aquifers to fill so that the ground could not tolerate short or medium term intensive rain.”

The risk level is set to be reviewed by an RBWM officer again in June 2019.

Sewer flooding in Ascot has been identified as one of the council’s key risks.

According to the report, the risk register records risks relating to the council’s objectives, and helps officers to identify what they need to do to manage the risks.

It continued: “The potentially most damaging risks are classified as key risks.

“The inclusion of risks within any level of risk register does not inevitably mean there is a problem – what it signifies is that officers are aware of potential risks and have devised strategies for the implementation of mitigating controls.”

Brexit currently occupies top-spot on RBWM’s risk register, with the implications of the UK’s departure causing uncertainty for the Royal Borough.

This could have an impact on a new-look, regenerated Ascot, as council’s report suggested there could be a delay to the projected timetable of regeneration projects in the borough if there is a skills and workforce shortage in the construction industry post-Brexit.