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UPDATED: £2m flood prevention boost for York
YORK has been awarded £2 million to help to prevent flooding on one of the busiest roads into the city and overhaul access from Selby and the Designer Outlet.
The A19 in Fulford has repeatedly been submerged in recent years, leading to lengthy delays and diversions for thousands of motorists. Now the Government has awarded money to combat the problems, three months after initially rejecting York’s plea for cash.
City of York Council’s bid for Pitch Point funding was rejected earlier this year, but money was been granted after the Department for Transport found it had money left over from its original allocation, Coun Dave Merrett said.
Coun Merrett, the council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “This is fantastic news for York.
“The A19 is a key arterial route into the city centre and we’ve seen it close three times in the last year, which causes major disruption and impacts negatively on businesses and public transport.”
As The Press reported in June, the Department of Transport’s original refusal spelt delays for the flood prevention work which would have had to wait for the Germany Beck housing development before it could go ahead.
The £2million grant will go into a £4.7million pot to improve the road, along with cash from Germany Beck developers and the council’s own funds.
This new money means bigger and better improvements can go ahead towards the end of next year and it is hoped this will help to cut pollution in the city by improving access to the Park & Ride at the Designer Outlet and making the Selby and Park & Ride buses more attractive, Coun Merrett said.
But Fulford councillor and Liberal Democrat leader Keith Aspden said local residents had been kept in the dark about parts of the scheme, including plans to widen Selby Road and destroy grass verges.
He said the plans were controversial. ‘‘Residents in the Selby Road and Naburn Lane area of Fulford were not consulted on the contents of the application and Fulford Parish Council was not asked for any input. The local community has been completely left out of the process.
“Local people have major concerns over aspects of this scheme, including the narrowing and removal of some pavements and vegetation.
‘‘Residents are worried about how they would access their homes and the impact the changes could have on the character of Selby Road. Now the bid has been approved, it is imperative that the council launches a detailed consultation with residents and actually listens to what the local community wants,” he said.
Coun Aspden said there had been no consultation but the council said today there will be a consultation on the proposed scheme details.
The aim is to start construction towards the end of next year, the council's statement said.
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