York's threated flood defence schemes
5:44pm 27th January 2011
Environment chiefs have today confirmed the £6.5 million upgrades for York have been scrapped.
It means once again we're hearing the scheme to raise and strengthen embankments protecting the Leeman Road area has had its funding withdrawn.
That's along with another £6 million scheme in Thirsk.
Officers say they will explore alternative sources of funding, such as the EU.
City of York Council Leader Andrew Waller says...he "refused to accept that the scheme would not go ahead."
In Parliament today this was the exchange between York Central MP Hugh Bayley and Sir George Young.
Hugh Bayley (York Central) (Lab): This morning, the Yorkshire regional flood defence committee was told that the budget for capital works for flood protection would be reduced by 27%, as a result of which no new flood protection schemes will go ahead in Yorkshire for the foreseeable future. Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor said that flood protection money would be protected, so may we have an urgent debate to discuss a supplementary estimate to ensure that sufficient funding is made available in Yorkshire and elsewhere?
Sir George Young: The hon. Gentleman will have an opportunity to raise his concerns this time next week, at Environment, Food and Rural Affairs questions. The Government have had to make some difficult decisions on public expenditure because of the situation that we inherited.
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