York’s flood risk strategy unveiled – six weeks to have your say

5 Nov 2014 @ 9.22 am
| Environment
Queen’s Staith is flooded in 2009. Photograph © Keith Laverack, Wikimedia Commons

What should York do to reduce the risk of flooding? The council has put forward its proposals – now it wants to hear from you.

York’s draft Flood Risk Management Strategy goes out to consultation on Wednesday, November 5, until Wednesday December 17.

The council has worked with the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water to draw up the strategy.

Among the major improvements put forward are –

£2m Foss Barrier upgrade
£1.5m Clifton Ings Barrier bank restoration
£5m on measures to protect properties in Bishopthorpe, Acaster Malbis, Fulford, Clementhorpe, Naburn, Kings Staith/ Tower Street and Nether Poppleton

The strategy would compel planners to properly address all aspects of flood risk before approving new buildings.

And it would implement systems designed to manage and control surface water flows “in a sustainable manner”.

A consultation questionnaire is available to complete online from this week.

Paper copies are available from libraries and Explore Centres across York, or the council’s West Offices. Feedback can also be submitted to [email protected].

Cllr Dave Merrett, cabinet member for environmental services, planning and sustainability, said: “This strategy is an important next step in planning how we can address flood risk in York.”

He said the strategy highlighted the challenges the city faced, “but also the need for significantly more investment at a national level to help tackle this issue”.

It is proposed to publish the full strategy in 2015 and it will be fully reviewed in line with the national six-year Flood Risk Regulations cycle.