£4.9 million cost for pumping station to protect Fordlands Road area.
It cost the City of York council £180,000 to respond to and recover from the floods which took place in the City in February. This was the wettest February on record, with the most flood warnings issued in any one day across England. Rainfall fell on already saturated ground increasing the impacts.
The Council will consider a report on the problem at a meeting next week.
There is some debate about the apparently conflicting advice issued by local agencies and the information included on government river gauge web sites.
Generally flood defences held well although there were issues in the Fulford/Fordlands Road/Germany Beck area. A separate report on flood prevention plans for that area can be read by clicking here.
The preferred option would include the construction of a £4.9 million pumping station. If funding for the project can be found the work could start on construction next summer.
The meeting will also consider the latest Environment Agency report on its flood prevention works programme
Such a shame that the York Council seems once again to have taken its eye off the ball. While endlessly agonising about – and focusing expenditure on – pedestrian activities in the City centre, the suburbs remain neglected.
One public footpath on the A59 near Poppleton is now blocked by overhanging branches. The same stretch had a similar problem last year. Pedestrians are forced to walk on what can be a busy carriageway. Makes a nonsence of “social distancing”
Nearby by weeds are growing in the gutters on the road and in the underpass at the junction with the A1237.
The council doesn’t seem to have an inspection regime in place which identifies issues (even those that reoccur regularly) before they become an inconvenience to residents.
Annual list of York Councillor enquiries published
The number of issues raised through official York Council recording systems has been published in response to a Freedom of Information request.
The list gives an indication of the amount of “on the streets” work being undertaken by individual Councillors. The total number of issues raised was slightly up on the previous year.
The Councillors toward the bottom of the list will no doubt be quick to point out that there are other channels available for remedying problems.
That maybe so.
We think that Councillors should make a particular effort to provide an annual report to their constituents. Some already do via social media. Members of the public can view their representatives web sites, Facebook pages and twitter streams to find out more.
At least one Councillor provides an update each week to parish Councils in his area and there are other examples of best practice around.
Generally we would expect that a Councillor would make a weekly inspection of public service standards in their area and then ensure that any issues are resolved quickly.
NB. Councillors also attend meetings (fewer during lock-down). Attendances are recorded and can be viewed on the Council website.