Last week the SuDS+ project partners met for two days to reflect on our progress to date, plan moving forwards and play with all the data inputs we’ve collected over the past year. We also included voices from the community on their ideas to improve the places that they live and work as well as local incidents of flooding. The partners in attendance included people from Northumbria University, Arup, Isle, the Environment Agency, Durham County Council, Wear Rivers Trust, Teesside University, Viridian and members of the Stanley community. We want to extend a massive thank you to the residents who attended and really set the tone for our time together in sharing candidly what life is like in Stanley and what opportunities like this present to the communities they aim to serve. It’s because of these view points that we were able as a partnership to really push what we mean when we say “added benefits” when talking, thinking and designing flooding infrastructure. This will definitely shape our work to come.