In the wake of Storm Dennis, Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat councillor for Fulford and Heslington, has been campaigning for a joined-up flood plan, following recurrent flooding on Fordlands Road.
Keith has long campaigned with local residents and representatives from the Parish Council to secure additional funding for flood defences, and previously, successfully secured up to £600,000 from the Council for new flood defences, such as a permanent pump in the area.
In June, Keith held a virtual public meeting with representatives of the Council to outline the council officer’s proposed solution, consisting of the following:
● The flood wall to be extended to tie into high ground and allow access to the pumping station;
● New flap valve to be installed on the existing Germany Beck Culvert;
● New pumping station to be installed.
The scheme has been given priority by the Council and in the near future an outline to the approach to community consultation and delivery of next stages of the project will be provided.
However, there is still a need to campaign as the EA has suggested that the cost/benefit level of the Council’s proposed scheme may not be high enough for them to grant all of the money necessary.
Keith is therefore now asking residents in the local area to sign a new petition.
I call for a commitment to the additional national funding from the Government (Defra) and the Environment Agency, in addition to a project delivery timeline.