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York Gets £9,000 Out of £130 Million of Flood Defence Cash


7:57am 12th March 2014
(Updated 12:35pm 12th March 2014)

York will only get £9,000 out of £130 million of emergency cash the government has made available for flood defences work.

The extra funding was announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles after the heavy flooding in the south earlier this year.

The Environment Agency told Minster FM it does take the flooding risk to York seriously, in a statement it said:

"Money for flood and coastal risk management in England is allocated according to a set of criteria defined by Defra, which ensures that the greatest number of people and properties are protected for the money that is available."

"Our priority is to do as much as we can with every pound of funding, and we are in the fortunate position that the new partnership funding approach is bringing in new money for flood defences that would have not otherwise been built."

"The scheme follows extensive local consultation and City of York Council has contributed £1 million towards the scheme."

But there has been concern the system which awards money for flood defence schemes is unfair. Dave Merrett from York Council said:

“We have a number of areas such as Clementhorpe, Naburn and Bishopthorpe that suffer problems with flooding but sadly the Government has set such a high cost benefit ratio that very, very few schemes are awarded funding."

“The cost benefit ratio for flood prevention schemes is 8:1, while for transport schemes it is typically 3:1, showing the Government’s priorities are not on flood prevention.  The cost of many proposed York schemes is such that the council would struggle to ever fund them without direct Government support, so we would encourage Julian Sturdy making representations to Government on this important issue”.

Speaking to Minster FM, Dave Merrett added that there does seem to be a bias towards the south in funding:


York Outer MP Julian Sturdy obtained the figures in a written parliamentary answer and is due to the meet the Environment Agency later this week.

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