The city’s library and history centre will host Royal Society of Arts’ (RSA) debate, called ‘Is a major investment in flood defences really the answer?’ on Tuesday, April 8, at 6pm.
It comes after Worcester experienced its fourth major flood event since 1998 last month when the River Severn reached record levels in the city.
Christian Wilcox, partnership and strategic overview team leader at Environment Agency will be one of a panel of speakers which residents can pose questions to on the night.
Laura Worsfold, business development manager at the Hive, welcomed the debate as she said the issue was extremely close to people’s hearts in Worcestershire.
“Thanks to purpose built drainage systems and measures put in place at the design stage to protect The Hive in the case of flooding we remained open for business, apart from a few hours needed for safety checks,” she said.
Carl Flint, of RSA Worcestershire, added: “Having personally experienced the damage caused by flooding when a nearby culvert had become blocked, I can begin to understand the consequences of living near to water.
“However, across the country housing developments continue to be built in flood plains resulting in untold misery to their occupants now and forever more. What measures need to be established to ensure a flood free future and is this really feasible?”
Other guest speakers include Michael Goodfellow-Smith, director at Quest for Future Solutions, Angela Fitch, regional development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses, Ken Harris, owner of Severn Leisure Cruises, and Dr Graham Hill, visiting lecturer at the University of Worcester.
Tickets for the event, which takes place in The Studio, cost £3 per person and can be purchased from the Level 1 Information Point at The Hive.