Residents get only one weeks notice of new exhibition
The Environment Agency has announced a new five-year action plan to better protect the City of York against flooding. It provides more details of how physical flood barriers will be improved following the announcement last March of a £45 million budget for the work
The Environment Agency’s plans emerged only today – just one week before a two-day exhibition of the proposals takes place.
The plans have not been published “on line” yet
The exhibition will take place at Hotel 53 in Piccadilly, York, between 12 and 7pm on Friday November 25 and from 10am until 5pm on Saturday November 26.
No implementation timetable for the improvements has been released but it could be a decade before all work has been completed.
Sources at the York Council criticised the Agency for failing to agree a coordinated communications plan for the proposals which sets out options to reduce the risk of flooding to 2,000 properties across 10 York communities.
The schemes would affect
- Holgate Beck
- City Centre
- Osbaldwick & Tang Hall Beck
- Fulford and Germany beck
- Naburn and Acaster Malbis
The plan looks at a range of potential flood reduction measures including the creation of storage areas, increasing pumping capacity, raising and building new walls, raising land and building embankments.
Following the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015 which affected over 600 properties in York, the Government committed £45 million to reduce flood risk and increase resilience to at least 2,000 properties at risk and keep the city open for business during major floods.
The agency stresses that its proposals are not final, and will need to win public support, be technically feasible and affordable.
It wants to know what residents think at its exhibition next week.
Earlier in the week, delays in presenting an independent inquiry report into the 2015 floods attracted criticism