Fooled by floodgates

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First published in Letters by

WHAT A PANTOMIME! On Monday this week, a party of us took the granddaughters and their parents to see Aladdin & the Twankeys at York Theatre Royal.

Berwick Kaler and the whole cast were brilliant and what a wonderful show in every respect; there can’t be a better one anywhere.

After the show, we decided to walk to Marygate car park via the riverside footpath. Unbeknown to us the floodgates had been closed.

Having walked all that way, our options were to retrace our steps and go by Bootham or climb over the gate. So in our best bib and tucker and with a good deal of heaving and shoving, we all climbed over the gate.

My husband, who had intended going that way earlier, had been stopped by a kind lady who told him there was no exit to Marygate. Lucky him.

Surely there should be a notice at the start of Dame Judi Walk to prevent a predicament like ours happening?

Mrs JA Clark, Long Street, Easingwold, York.

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1:23pm Fri 10 Jan 14

PKH says...

Expecting joined up thinking from cyc whatever next
Expecting joined up thinking from cyc whatever next PKH
  • Score: 12

2:44pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

CYC have only just managed to erect some electronic gismo informing every one that Lendal bridge is closed for the best part of the day.
CYC have only just managed to erect some electronic gismo informing every one that Lendal bridge is closed for the best part of the day. bravo whisky
  • Score: 14

9:32am Sat 11 Jan 14

Jonthan says...

PKH wrote:
Expecting joined up thinking from cyc whatever next
I think flood planning is coordinated by the environment agency, but why not have a swipe at York council instead ?
[quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: Expecting joined up thinking from cyc whatever next[/p][/quote]I think flood planning is coordinated by the environment agency, but why not have a swipe at York council instead ? Jonthan
  • Score: -1

10:09am Sat 11 Jan 14

George Appleby says...

They do invite it!
They do invite it! George Appleby
  • Score: 5

11:20pm Sat 11 Jan 14

PKH says...

Jonthan wrote:
PKH wrote:
Expecting joined up thinking from cyc whatever next
I think flood planning is coordinated by the environment agency, but why not have a swipe at York council instead ?
I doubt the EA actually shut the gates, I would have thought the council employees would have done it as they have more staff on the ground so to speak.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PKH[/bold] wrote: Expecting joined up thinking from cyc whatever next[/p][/quote]I think flood planning is coordinated by the environment agency, but why not have a swipe at York council instead ?[/p][/quote]I doubt the EA actually shut the gates, I would have thought the council employees would have done it as they have more staff on the ground so to speak. PKH
  • Score: 1

3:45am Mon 13 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

The floodgate at Marygate is automated, I believe. At the back of the museum gardens behind the hospitium is a manhole and a feeder pillar - the manhole contains a water pump for drainage of the gardens, whilst the feeder pillar contains electrical systems such as feeds to/from water level sensors, flow sensors and the like... as I recall (from 13 years ago), one of the outputs is to the floodgate, as the water level rises, the gate automatically rises out of the ground.

But normally there is a sectional flood barrier put in place at the bottom of the steps by Lendal Bridge to stop people entering Dame Judi Dench walk when the river is flooded (often its left in place well after the waters have receeded)
The floodgate at Marygate is automated, I believe. At the back of the museum gardens behind the hospitium is a manhole and a feeder pillar - the manhole contains a water pump for drainage of the gardens, whilst the feeder pillar contains electrical systems such as feeds to/from water level sensors, flow sensors and the like... as I recall (from 13 years ago), one of the outputs is to the floodgate, as the water level rises, the gate automatically rises out of the ground. But normally there is a sectional flood barrier put in place at the bottom of the steps by Lendal Bridge to stop people entering Dame Judi Dench walk when the river is flooded (often its left in place well after the waters have receeded) Magicman!
  • Score: 1

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