Local councillor to host virtual flood defences Q&A

Fulford residents are being invited to join local councillor Keith Aspden for a virtual presentation and Q&A on 24th June 2020 to discuss a joined-up plan for local flood defences in the village.


Cllr Aspden has long campaigned with local residents and representatives from the Parish Council to secure additional funding for additional flood defences in the community, and previously, successfully secured nearly £600,000 from the Council for new flood defences, such as a permanent pump in the area.

The campaign has called for these defences to protect not just the A19, but to include the Fordlands Road community. Local community groups will be taking part to build support for the plan to show council officers and the Environment Agency that there is substantial interest in getting this resolved.

Cllr Aspden has already launched his petition calling for a better flood plan for Fulford, which has been supported by hundreds of residents. Residents can show their support and still sign the petition, which will be submitted to the Environment Agency, here: https://www.yorklibdems.org.uk/fulfordfloodplan.

To register, residents should please email [email protected] with the reference ‘Flood Q&A’ and they will be provided with the meeting details closer to the time. On 24th June, the meeting will take place using Zoom, between 5pm-6:30pm. For residents living in the Fordlands Road area who may not be able to access Zoom, Cllr Aspden has arranged for a letter with freepost response slip to be delivered to households.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Keith Aspden, local councillor for Fulford and Heslington, said:

“The floods earlier this year have once again highlighted the urgent need for an improved and joined-up plan for Fulford. We need to ensure that the Fordlands Road and Fordlands Crescent area are protected by any future flood defence works to ensure that residents are not cut off.

“Many residents and council staff have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, but I was keen to ensure that our campaign could continue and that an update given to local residents, which is why I am hosting this virtual meeting. Even in these difficult times it’s important that we keep up the pressure lobbing to ensure work happens as quickly as possible.

“After the meeting, it’s essential that residents are consulted widely on a final proposal and I would encourage anyone who is interested to join our Zoom Q&A to learn more about the campaign.

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