Hugh Bayley MP and Holgate Ward Councillors, James Alexander, Sonja Crisp and Joe Riches today had a tour of the Flood Alleviation scheme at Water End where vital work to improve flood defences is nearing completion. The defences will protect around 400 homes and businesses in the area.
The £4.2 million scheme, which includes a £1 million contribution from City of York Council, has enabled the level of Landing Lane to be raised so there will be no longer be a need to install temporary barriers relying on manual operation during a flood. Shortly after the last General Election flood defence works were thrown into doubt by the Conservative Liberal Democrat government's funding cuts, meaning that local residents once again had to campaign for them.
At Water Lane and Cinder Lane the works are complete.
Hugh Bayley MP said; “I have been campaigning for Leeman Road to get improved flood defences for many years working together with the Holgate Ward Councillors. I have argued for funding in the House of Commons, written repeatedly to the Minister responsible for flooding, and in 2011 I organised a public meeting to allow Leeman Road residents to raise their concerns. Flood water is a hazard to health. When homes are flooded possessions are ruined and cannot be replaced. It takes months for houses to dry out and get repaired if flood water gets in. The floods in the south of England earlier this year reminded us of the terrible damage that flooding can cause. I congratulate the Council and the Environment Agency for pooling their budgets to strengthen the flood defences in Leeman Road. This scheme will protect more the houses from flooding and it will save money in the long term.”