Why build houses on flood plains?

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WHEN reading in The Press and watching the television, our hearts must go out to all those affected by the dreadful flooding and the problems they will have with insurance. I do not understand how builders can obtain permission to build on flood plains and that anyone would contemplate buying such properties.

It is puzzling that, at the time of writing, the area round Germany Beck at Fulford is under several feet of water, yet plans are afoot to build 400 properties and even more puzzling that people will contemplate purchasing these houses.

David H Meek, Yarburgh Way, York.

 

• I KNOW this will fall on deaf ears, but I feel I must comment on the flooding in the York area.

Has the council or the Environment Agency thought of dredging becks and surrounding streams as well as the rivers themselves, instead of spending thousands of pounds on flood defences?

Also, the so-called river cleaning unit moored on the River Foss has been used once since they purchased the boat.

I have lived in York all my life and very rarely see gully drains and street kerb edges regularly being cleaned in the suburbs, yet the tourist areas have money thrown at them.

How about spending money on the people who live, work and pay for the visitors to our great city?

Name and address supplied.

 

• YOUR report on November 27 in relation to the proposed upgrade of the drainage infrastructure in York included a reference to the Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP).

In view of the current situation, would it not be better retitled Surface Water Action Management Plan or SWAMP?

R Hutchinson, Manor Park Close, York.

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10:56am Fri 30 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

Couldn't agree more. I would suggest planting some more trees too which would help until the next drought came.
We watch all this excess water flow by and in some unfortunate cases flow in, when with a bit of foresight it could be stored for a not so rainy day.
Of course this logic is recorded in the Old Testament. Looks like we have learned nothing. Anyone for an Ark?
Couldn't agree more. I would suggest planting some more trees too which would help until the next drought came. We watch all this excess water flow by and in some unfortunate cases flow in, when with a bit of foresight it could be stored for a not so rainy day. Of course this logic is recorded in the Old Testament. Looks like we have learned nothing. Anyone for an Ark? ColdAsChristmas
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5:41pm Fri 30 Nov 12

old_geezer says...

Dredging might help with some rivers, but not the Ouse through York. The bed is too small in relation to the volume of floodwater.

Since registering an objection to Germany Beck (was that 7 years ago?) I have only become more amazed that it's still going ahead without major additional works.
Dredging might help with some rivers, but not the Ouse through York. The bed is too small in relation to the volume of floodwater. Since registering an objection to Germany Beck (was that 7 years ago?) I have only become more amazed that it's still going ahead without major additional works. old_geezer
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7:48pm Fri 30 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

The problem is that not only will this development flood (Germany Beck) but it will also make the general situation worse as there will be less ground to soak up the water. That much we know and we also know that some uninformed jobsworths will suggest the flooding is down to global warming. Well, given this current frosty weather, sorry climate, we could do with some warming.
The problem is that not only will this development flood (Germany Beck) but it will also make the general situation worse as there will be less ground to soak up the water. That much we know and we also know that some uninformed jobsworths will suggest the flooding is down to global warming. Well, given this current frosty weather, sorry climate, we could do with some warming. ColdAsChristmas
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3:12am Sat 1 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

And it is points like ColdAs has stated which is why the fake scientists renamed Global Warming to Climate Change, because they realised people in the UK weren't buying into the farce so they made up some BS about sea currents changing and how it'd make us colder and wetter - when in fact the real cause of our weather patterns is the Jet Stream... if you study this high speed air flow you will see it runs more or less as predicted through the northern hemisphere until it gets to North America where it seems to suddenly skew off and often freezes in a certain position - and it's only really been in the last 5 years this has been happening.

As for floods, perhaps it should become a legal requirement that any housebuilder wanting to build on a flood plain has to install a massive underground reservoir that can carry 4 times as much water as the normal watercourse would carry in a day, complete with pumps to get rid of the stored water after a deluge has passed.
And it is points like ColdAs has stated which is why the fake scientists renamed Global Warming to Climate Change, because they realised people in the UK weren't buying into the farce so they made up some BS about sea currents changing and how it'd make us colder and wetter - when in fact the real cause of our weather patterns is the Jet Stream... if you study this high speed air flow you will see it runs more or less as predicted through the northern hemisphere until it gets to North America where it seems to suddenly skew off and often freezes in a certain position - and it's only really been in the last 5 years this has been happening. As for floods, perhaps it should become a legal requirement that any housebuilder wanting to build on a flood plain has to install a massive underground reservoir that can carry 4 times as much water as the normal watercourse would carry in a day, complete with pumps to get rid of the stored water after a deluge has passed. Magicman!
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8:32am Sat 1 Dec 12

willybendit says...

I wonder if the house builder is going to supply a boat & water pump with each house they sell if so i might NOT think about buying one could do with a new boat to go fishing in Bloody IDIOTS
I wonder if the house builder is going to supply a boat & water pump with each house they sell if so i might NOT think about buying one could do with a new boat to go fishing in Bloody IDIOTS willybendit
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10:11am Sat 1 Dec 12

CHISSY1 says...

"Similar to people who buy houses near airports or motor racing circuits and then complain about the noise".
"Similar to people who buy houses near airports or motor racing circuits and then complain about the noise". CHISSY1
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