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Food defence scheme in York


5:19pm 6th July 2011

City of York Council will provide £1.4m funding to the Environment Agency to enable a flood defence scheme to move forward in Leeman Road.

This will enable the Environment Agency to continue with their detailed design and planning. The following works are planned to take place next year:

  • Raising the height of the existing defences along Water End Road
  • Raising the height of the existing Leeman Road embankment
  • Constructing a new flood defence to connect the Leeman Road embankment to tie into high ground at Cinder Lane
  • Providing a new defence across the entrance to Landing Lane to tie into the high ground providing additional penstocks on outfalls under the existing and proposed defences.

In addition to this funding a further £356,000 has been approved to carry out a feasibility study for the Clementhorpe area.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said:

“I’m delighted that as a council we’re finally at a point to progress this scheme, which I’m sure will be a huge relief for local residents.  I’ve always been fully committed to this scheme, which will enable an improved standard of protection for the Leeman Road area and help protect properties, businesses and make a real difference to improving peoples’ lives.“

Adam Tunningley, asset system management team leader at the Environment Agency said:

“We welcome this funding from City of York Council which will enable a scheme for Water End to move forward. We have been working hard towards a solution for Water End, with City of York Council and the local people affected by the scheme.

“This funding will allow us to continue with our detailed design and planning this year.”

The council is also due to find out in March if funding is available from the Environment Agency to complete the work.

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