Council pledges action on floods

Coun Stephen Parnaby, leader of the East Riding Council.

Coun Stephen Parnaby, leader of the East Riding Council.

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The East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet has approved a raft of recommendations to help the authority tackle flooding issues.

Householders and businesses in Burton Fleming, Kilham and Kelleythorpe have all suffered from the ravages of flood water in recent years.

And in December 2013, there was a major tidal surge which had a devastating impact on low-lying land along the Humber Estuary as well as coastal communities - resulting in damage to approximately 1,100 residential and commercial properties and over 5,000ha of agricultural land on both banks of the estuary.

The cost of the damage caused by that incident alone is estimated at more than £90 million.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of ERYC, said: “The recommendations in this report will help the council achieve its aim of reducing the risk of flooding in communities, both in the East Riding and across the wider Humber region, in the long term.

“Securing long-term, Government-supported investment in flood infrastructure for the Humber region is a complex process with a very limited window of opportunity. The recommendations in the report would allow officers to explore the opportunity to reach an agreement, in principle, with partners and Central Government, with a view to setting up formal governance and local framework arrangements, in the short term, to allow for medium term delivery, should funding bids be successful.

“Current successful funding bids require early expenditure and preparatory work needs to commence before September of the current year.”

The report, produced by the council’s flood risk strategy team, recommended that:

* Work in relation to the funding announcements on the Local Growth Fund for flood related schemes commence.

* That the approved level of funding, for work undertaken in connection with the urgent bid for investment to reduce flood risk from tidal surge in the Humber Estuary, of £260k be set against the previously approved Highways and Flooding Reserve 2014/15 Budget.

* The coordinated preparation of an agreed Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy, in conjunction with Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) partners as well as Lincolnshire County Council (CC) and East Lindsey District Council (DC), with key support from the Environment Agency, to allow the movement of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy into a programme and project delivery phase.

* The preparation of information for a presentation and briefing in conjunction with Humber LEP partners as well as Lincolnshire CC and East Lindsey DC, to provide support to local MPs and LEP members in briefing the Treasury and relevant government departments on the economic case for the flood protection of the Humber Estuary and associated coastal areas.

* That a report be drawn up, for briefing purposes, setting out in a clear and comprehensive manner, the funding mechanisms available to achieve the objectives of flood protection.

* That consideration is given as to the options available for a Humber-wide body for the flood protection of the Humber Estuary (which shall include or give regard to all types of flood risk in the Humber LEP area) for consultation with the LEP and relevant bodies.

* That the publication ‘An Economic Case for the Humber and the United Kingdom’, prepared to make the case for investment in flood resilience measures, be published on the council’s website and be made available for general distribution and publication through partner contributors.

The East Riding and wider Humber region has been subject to a number of flooding events, including the major rainfall event in 2007 that gave rise to over 6,000 houses being flooded within the East Riding alone and more than 15,000 across the North and South Bank of the Humber.

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