Plea to stay off Rawcliffe Ings – as questions are asked about sluice gate

If you’re thinking of going for your daily exercise on Rawcliffe Ings, please don’t. That’s the message from York Rescue Boat this evening.

It comes as questions are asked about why the sluice gate there hasn’t been opened.

David Sempers contacted the York Press with this observation: “It just looks like a big, long waterfall.

“There’s a metal sluice gate at the Skelton end of Clifton Ings. Normally they open that to let water into the Ings, then when the Ings are full they close it. When the river level goes down again there’s another gate at the Clifton Bridge end. They open this to let the water out.

“If they aren’t opening the gate to let water into the Ings it means there will be more water downstream. I just can’t understand why they haven’t done it.”