York holding public talks for flood defences funding bid

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York submitted a bid for flood defences funding to the Environment Agency and Defra in April 2014.

A draft blueprint for the improvement of the flood defences and application of other proposed measures has just been released by the York Council.

Created in partnership with the Environment Agency, the local Internal Drainage Boards and Yorkshire Water, the blueprint will help the authorities in understanding and preventing flood risk in York as well as protecting the residents and visitors from its impact. Following the 2007 severe floods, which caused over £3bn, across the UK, the Government started requiring flood risks management to be handled at a local level. Councils have been asked to monitor flood risks.

The blueprint can be found here. While more information about the public consultation can be found here. A questionnaire to complete is also available online, at Explore Centres and libraries.

York council’s cabinet member for environmental services, planning and sustainability, Coun Dave Merrett, said that the public talks being held for the blueprint is an important step in addressing the flood risks York faces as it highlights the challenges the council and its partners are facing.

According to him, the blueprint proposes a number of measures to be undertaken in order to prevent surface water flooding. It is also pushing for the improvements on flood defences which prevent major deluges on the River Ouse and River Foss and their tributaries. Further works such as upgrading the Foss Barrier pumps, renovating flood gates and improving the existing flood banks are just some of the schemes identified.

Coun Dave Merrett claimed that the necessary improvements will cost more than £25m and working with others will help secure the needed cash.

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