A £3.2 million upgrade of York’s flood defences could get the green light next week after council planning chiefs recommended Environment Agency proposals.
The Water End flood alleviation scheme is designed to prevent a repeat of the occurrences of the year 2000, when the River Ouse reached record levels and flood embankments came close to breaking point.
The scheme, which will provide added protection to 393 properties, is set to be debated by the York council’s planning committee next Thursday.
The project will see a new 300-metre flood wall built along the crest of the Water End embankment, as well as a demountable flood barrier installed across the entrance to Landing Lane and a new 400 metre embankment between Leeman Road and Cinder Lane.
The council will provide £1 million towards the cost and work, if approved, is expected to begin before the end of the year.