Environment Secretary visits York to assess the flood defences

Environment Secretary George Eustice at the Foss Barrier. Photograph: Defra on Twitter

The new Environment Secretary visited York today (Sunday), to see the efforts being made to minimise flooding.

He met residents, councillors and Environment Agency staff to talk about tackling flooding. He also visited the Foss Barrier, such a key component in York’s defences. The chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd accompanied the minister.

Mr Eustice, appointed by Boris Johnson in the last Cabinet reshuffle, also talked to York Central MP Rachael Maskell.

“He came to York to learn about what’s been happening across the city – obviously concerned with Storm Dennis and the impact the flooding’s going to have across the city,” she told Minster FM’s David Dunning.

“We were reflecting what’s happened over four years back to him, and the fact that a lot of the resilience measures we were expecting haven’t been put in place.

“But we obviously praised the Foss Barrier, the fact that it’s working well this evening is good news.”

Ms Maskell said she had arranged a futher meeting with Mr Eustice in Westminster.