Work to be­gin on £5m Fi­ley flood pro­tec­tion

New year will see the be­gin­ning of the project fol­low­ing 14 years of wait­ing

The Scarborough Evening News - - FILEY & HUNMANBY - By carl gav­aghan carl.gav­aghan@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @carl­gav­aghan

Af­ter 14 long years Fi­ley’s Flood Alle­vi­a­tion scheme is fi­nally a re­al­ity. Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil’s cabi­net signed off on the £5 mil­lion plans this month, with work due to start in the new year.

The plans have taken nearly 14 years to come to fruition.

Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil, which is lead­ing the project to im­prove flood de­fences in Fi­ley, com­mis­sioned a se­ries of bore­holes and trial pits in fields to the north and west of the town so soil and rock sam­ples could be gath­ered and anal­ysed.

The re­sults of the stud­ies shaped the de­sign of the Fi­ley Flood Alle­vi­a­tion Scheme, which has been de­vel­oped by the coun­cil, with back­ing from the Fi­ley Flood Work­ing Group and other part­ners, to pro­vide pro­tec­tion to more than 550 prop­er­ties con­sid­ered to be at risk from a “one in 100 year” rain­fall event.

The idea be­hind the scheme is to cre­ate a se­ries of swales and bunds around much of Fi­ley to in­ter­cept runoff wa­ter from the higher sur­round­ing agri­cul­tural land be­fore it over­whelms the ex­ist­ing drainage sys­tem in the town.

Some of the in­ter­cepted wa­ter would be di­verted to­wards the sea, while some would be tem­po­rar­ily con­tained in stor­age ar­eas - pos­si­bly in tem­po­rary wet­land or ponds - un­til it could be dis­charged in a more con­trolled man­ner

The scheme will be rub­ber­stamped by the full coun­cil on Jan­uary 9, with work due to be­gin in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2017. Cllr Mike Cock­er­ill said: “There’s still one or two things to for­malise with landown­ers for the scheme, just get­ting all the pa­per work sorted so it can be signed and what not.

“This is why we rec­om­mended ap­proval to full coun­cil in Jan­uary but it’s very good news for ev­ery­one in Fi­ley that we are fi­nally at this stage, it’s been a long wait.” The NHS is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple in Fi­ley and Hun­manby to plan their health­care dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

With ad­vice on com­mon ill­nesses and the best medicines to treat them, vis­it­ing the phar­ma­cist can save you time in the wait­ing room and help you feel bet­ter fast.

Dr Paul Twomey, med­i­cal di­rec­tor at NHS Eng­land in York­shire and the Hum­ber, said: “Phar­ma­cists of­fer ex­pert, con­fi­den­tial ad­vice and treat­ment for many mi­nor health prob­lems.”

“Many phar­ma­cies will re­main open over the Christ­mas hol­i­days, when other rou­tine ser­vices may be less avail­able.

“As most GP surg­eries will be closed on Christ­mas Day, Box­ing Day and New Year’s Day we would also en­cour­age pa­tients to ‘plan ahead’ and or­der any rou­tine med­i­ca­tion they need in plenty of time.”

Boots phar­macy at 3234 Mur­ray Street, Fi­ley, will be open on Mon­day De­cem­ber 26, Tues­day De­cem­ber27andMon­day Jan­uary 2, from 10am to 4pm each day.

Dev­as­ta­tion caused by floods in Fi­ley at the turn of the mil­le­nium

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