York’s leaders praise flood defence project

York Central MP Hugh Bayely and Holgate councillors James Alexander, Sonja Crisp and Joe Riches see the flood defence upgrade

York Central MP Hugh Bayely and Holgate councillors James Alexander, Sonja Crisp and Joe Riches see the flood defence upgrade

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POLITICAL leaders have hailed a £4.2 million scheme to boost flood defences in York as the project nears completion.

Four hundred homes in the Leeman Road area will be protected from flooding by the River Ouse throughout the 21st century, thanks to the Environment Agency's upgrade of existing defences.

York Central MP Hugh Bayely and Holgate councillors James Alexander, Sonja Crisp and Joe Riches spoke out yesterday as they visited the project, which received £1 million in funding from City of York Council.

The scheme has included raising a flood embankment by about a metre and extending it by an additional 200 metres, and the embankment has also been strengthened undergound through the installation of plastic sheet piling down to four metres below ground level.

There have also been improvements to penstocks in local drains, which prevent floodwater backing up through sewers and drains and flooding on to local streets.

The area was last at risk of being inundated by the Ouse in autumn 2012 after heavy rainfall in the Dales.

Mr Bayley said he had been campaigning for improved flood defences for many years, working together with the councillors. "I have argued for funding in the House of Commons, written repeatedly to the Minister responsible for flooding, and in 2011 I organised a public meeting to allow Leeman Road residents to raise their concerns," he said.

He praised the council and agency for pooling their budgets to strengthen the defences.

Cllr Alexander, leader of the council, said he was 'thrilled' to see the defences come to fruition.

"It will no doubt put a lot of local residents' mind at ease," he said. "Holgate Labour councillors have been campaigning on this issue for many years and we took a large local petition to Downing Street.

"Labour promised before being elected to lead the council to increase the council's contribution to flood prevention and this has been delivered."

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9:34am Sat 5 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

So, no comment on the deselection of three long standing labour councillors but Alexander and Bayley manage to spin a pumping station into a party political photo opportunity. Quality.
So, no comment on the deselection of three long standing labour councillors but Alexander and Bayley manage to spin a pumping station into a party political photo opportunity. Quality. Jack Ham
  • Score: 21

10:37am Sat 5 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Think if all concerned care to walk down the path (Railway side) they well see the bad workmanship on the reaction to 200 floods falling apart, no attempt to contact the rail authorities regards to state of walls .

Also if the Environment Agency worked a 8 hour day it would have been finished months ago
Think if all concerned care to walk down the path (Railway side) they well see the bad workmanship on the reaction to 200 floods falling apart, no attempt to contact the rail authorities regards to state of walls . Also if the Environment Agency worked a 8 hour day it would have been finished months ago Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 3

10:57am Sat 5 Jul 14

Paul Hepworth says...

A small part of Holgate's historic boundary fronts the Ouse near Landing Lane. We Holgate residents have the ancient right to land oxes, **** and other beast there, free of all tolls and other encumbrances. Hope the flood defence works have not affected the riverbank in that area.......

So far as politicising the event goes, it always seems to be the incumbent Party that takes the glory, despite a preceding ruling party having often had a hand in the development But such is the nature of democracy.
A small part of Holgate's historic boundary fronts the Ouse near Landing Lane. We Holgate residents have the ancient right to land oxes, **** and other beast there, free of all tolls and other encumbrances. Hope the flood defence works have not affected the riverbank in that area....... So far as politicising the event goes, it always seems to be the incumbent Party that takes the glory, despite a preceding ruling party having often had a hand in the development But such is the nature of democracy. Paul Hepworth
  • Score: -7

12:25pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Jack Ham says...

Paul Hepworth - instead of spending your life toadying up to James Alexander and CYC on message boards who don't you do something brave an stand for election. That way you can find out how many people agree with you.

That said - if you want a safe seat there are probably one or two going spare in Clifton.

Arrrrgh! I've just had an awful thought - what if the three councillors we deselected to make room in a safe seat for you! You're just the right type of candidate James would be looking for.
Paul Hepworth - instead of spending your life toadying up to James Alexander and CYC on message boards who don't you do something brave an stand for election. That way you can find out how many people agree with you. That said - if you want a safe seat there are probably one or two going spare in Clifton. Arrrrgh! I've just had an awful thought - what if the three councillors we deselected to make room in a safe seat for you! You're just the right type of candidate James would be looking for. Jack Ham
  • Score: -5

12:40pm Sat 5 Jul 14

PKH says...

This is another scheme which has taken far longer that it should, to my untrained eye it appeared the contractors got it to a stage in autumn last year where any major flooding would undo their work then did very little over the winter period. I have noticed over the last few weeks a sudden hive of activity to finish, could this be anything to do with the Tour de France going that way I wonder.
This is another scheme which has taken far longer that it should, to my untrained eye it appeared the contractors got it to a stage in autumn last year where any major flooding would undo their work then did very little over the winter period. I have noticed over the last few weeks a sudden hive of activity to finish, could this be anything to do with the Tour de France going that way I wonder. PKH
  • Score: -3

5:26pm Sat 5 Jul 14

nottoooldtocare says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Think if all concerned care to walk down the path (Railway side) they well see the bad workmanship on the reaction to 200 floods falling apart, no attempt to contact the rail authorities regards to state of walls .

Also if the Environment Agency worked a 8 hour day it would have been finished months ago
Another seemingly ill informed commentator. who knows little if anything about the flood defences in this area. The wall s he refers to are nothing to do with flood defence and belong the the railway.

There was little (if any) work undertaken after the 2000 floods in this area. The recent work has been carried out by contractors acting for the Environmental Agency so they control the hours they work as do any local agreements on the hours the site is allowed to operate.
The work has raised the height of the defences as they have been close to being over topped a number of times. Readers may recall the floodbank being sandbagged such was the fear that the flood might overtop them.
What Mr Ruddock failed to mention is the good old dredge the river argument, surely if the EA do this it will solve all the problems for ever and ever, won't it? you could always lower Naburn weir, that would drop water levels in York, would ruin the navigation though and might look a bit unsightly through the city centre. :)
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Think if all concerned care to walk down the path (Railway side) they well see the bad workmanship on the reaction to 200 floods falling apart, no attempt to contact the rail authorities regards to state of walls . Also if the Environment Agency worked a 8 hour day it would have been finished months ago[/p][/quote]Another seemingly ill informed commentator. who knows little if anything about the flood defences in this area. The wall s he refers to are nothing to do with flood defence and belong the the railway. There was little (if any) work undertaken after the 2000 floods in this area. The recent work has been carried out by contractors acting for the Environmental Agency so they control the hours they work as do any local agreements on the hours the site is allowed to operate. The work has raised the height of the defences as they have been close to being over topped a number of times. Readers may recall the floodbank being sandbagged such was the fear that the flood might overtop them. What Mr Ruddock failed to mention is the good old dredge the river argument, surely if the EA do this it will solve all the problems for ever and ever, won't it? you could always lower Naburn weir, that would drop water levels in York, would ruin the navigation though and might look a bit unsightly through the city centre. :) nottoooldtocare
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6:17pm Sat 5 Jul 14

spottycow says...

ITS a shame nobody pushed them over the railings
ITS a shame nobody pushed them over the railings spottycow
  • Score: 10

7:07pm Sat 5 Jul 14

E=MC^2 says...

Six in the picture only 4 names in the caption....So.. Who are the 2 unnamed men? Probably had something to do with the projects design & construction and so don't merit mention by the media.
Six in the picture only 4 names in the caption....So.. Who are the 2 unnamed men? Probably had something to do with the projects design & construction and so don't merit mention by the media. E=MC^2
  • Score: 13

7:31pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

seems I stand corrected, I have mentioned many times dredging the river, but environment agency say no
seems I stand corrected, I have mentioned many times dredging the river, but environment agency say no Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 0

9:37pm Sat 5 Jul 14

mack says...

I'm sure this will be a great comfort to the residents of River Street and Colenso Street in Clementhorpe whose sole flood dfences will continue to be a wall of sandbags across Clementhorpe. The trial flood barrier having been flogged off.
I'm sure this will be a great comfort to the residents of River Street and Colenso Street in Clementhorpe whose sole flood dfences will continue to be a wall of sandbags across Clementhorpe. The trial flood barrier having been flogged off. mack
  • Score: 4

12:23am Sun 6 Jul 14

marvell says...

York Labour Party rewriting history as usual. They must think York residents have the memory of a goldfish...

They may not be popular nationally at the moment - but it was the previous Lib Dem council in York that commissioned these flood defences and made sure they weren't binned by the previous Labour government.

Looks like political lightweight (in all senses) Jimmy Alexander is trying to grasp whatever good news he can given the unrelenting disasters that are happening to his administration each week.
York Labour Party rewriting history as usual. They must think York residents have the memory of a goldfish... They may not be popular nationally at the moment - but it was the previous Lib Dem council in York that commissioned these flood defences and made sure they weren't binned by the previous Labour government. Looks like political lightweight (in all senses) Jimmy Alexander is trying to grasp whatever good news he can given the unrelenting disasters that are happening to his administration each week. marvell
  • Score: 12

8:48am Sun 6 Jul 14

susanamorvan says...

I live near the Ouse in Fulford. We were the most southerly city homes to flood in 2000 and 2012 and I well remember the desperate struggle on the north side of the city sandbagging the defences in 2000 so I'm really genuinely pleased that there's more security up there.
Where's that water going now? This basic description of the defence says they've been raised, making sure the water stays in the river flow, which means more coming down river faster towards our home. When we've asked about this we've been told by the council it's ok, it's only a minimal amount of water. Something doesn't add up there.
The Environment Agency have been really helpful though and we've negotiated a jointly financed programme for defence with them totalling £0.02 million - peanuts really, £5k per cottage, 35% of which is our own contribution.
The scheme in the north works out at £10.5k per home (and no 35% personal contribution from each home - though our council did contribute £2.5k per household). For a 'minimal amount of water' (their words, NOT mine, don't forget).
That's a lot of money to shove the problem down to us...
I live near the Ouse in Fulford. We were the most southerly city homes to flood in 2000 and 2012 and I well remember the desperate struggle on the north side of the city sandbagging the defences in 2000 so I'm really genuinely pleased that there's more security up there. Where's that water going now? This basic description of the defence says they've been raised, making sure the water stays in the river flow, which means more coming down river faster towards our home. When we've asked about this we've been told by the council it's ok, it's only a minimal amount of water. Something doesn't add up there. The Environment Agency have been really helpful though and we've negotiated a jointly financed programme for defence with them totalling £0.02 million - peanuts really, £5k per cottage, 35% of which is our own contribution. The scheme in the north works out at £10.5k per home (and no 35% personal contribution from each home - though our council did contribute £2.5k per household). For a 'minimal amount of water' (their words, NOT mine, don't forget). That's a lot of money to shove the problem down to us... susanamorvan
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Sun 6 Jul 14

thinkingoutsidethebox says...

Water in York....Air in York............both transient - so air quality is not contained or confined and the water - well someone else will end up with it.
Water in York....Air in York............both transient - so air quality is not contained or confined and the water - well someone else will end up with it. thinkingoutsidethebox
  • Score: 3

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