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Decision looms for flood protection plea

July 10, 2017 1:36 PM
Originally published by York Liberal Democrats

Cllr Aspden near A19 FulfordKeith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Fulford and Heslington, has reiterated his call for additional flood defence funding and works in Fulford.

Earlier this year, Cllr Aspden collected signatures from Fulford residents for a petition that called for the completion of flood defence works in the area. Over 150 residents signed the petition, which was submitted to City of York Council and the Environment Agency.

Now Council officers are recommending that the Executive Member for the Environment agrees to support the delivery of A19 flood alleviation works, as well as support the further development of funding and design options to manage flood risk on Fordlands Road.

The report notes that the A19 has been affected by severe flood events, causing significant disruption for the local community and many other people getting in and out of York. In addition, flooding on the adjoining Fordlands Road has in the past left residents cut off and reliant on the emergency services.

Cllr Aspden has welcomed the recommendations and said he hopes to see quick progress on measures to reduce flood risk. He will attend Monday's decision session to make representations.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Fulford and Heslington, commented:

"I am pleased to see that Council officers are listening to Fulford residents' call for measures to alleviate flooding in our area. Investment in flood defences is crucial to reducing the risk of a repeat of the chaos and disruption we experienced in the aftermath of Boxing Day 2015.

"I hope that the Executive Member will agree the recommendations, and I look forward to seeing progress on both the A19 works and sourcing funding and design options for Fordlands Road. I will continue to call for solutions to be found for the wider Fulford area."