Flood defence tank at Beverley Westwood set for completion
WORK building a £1 million storage tank to catch flood water coming off Beverley Westwood will be completed in the next two weeks.
Permission has also been granted for a retaining wall to stop excess water, complementing the Yorkshire Water scheme,
Homes in Willow Grove, Beverley, were devastated by the flooding in summer 2007 with many properties left uninhabitable for months and even years.
A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: "We'd like to thank residents for their ongoing patience and reassure them that work on our £1 million flood alleviation project is progressing well and is still on course to finish towards the end of the month.
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"Our work to increase the level of flood protection and mitigation around Pasture Terrace and Willow Grove, has seen us increasing the capacity of the sewerage network by constructing a large underground storage tank.
"Once completed, this will be capable of storing more than 800,000 litres of waste water – the equivalent volume of 10,000 baths.
"It will significantly help in taking pressure off the local sewerage network during periods of heavy rainfall."
The scheme had been due to finish at the end of this summer but difficult ground conditions caused delays.
A spokesman for the company said: "The project was meant to be completed by August but it has taken longer than expected owing to difficult ground conditions with the on site team having to hand-dig because cables from other services were found in the road."
Willow Grove resident Linda Glazzard, 56, said workmen at the Yorkshire Water site had done their best despite bad conditions.
She said: "It's better that the work is being done and they're such nice workmen."
At yesterday's East Riding Council Eastern Area Planning Committee, the authority's own plan for a new retaining wall was approved with little fuss.
There had been concerns among some people in Willow Grove that the wall would not have a gate by which they could access the Westwood.
Committee chairman Councillor Bryan Pearson pointed out a wall with a gate in it would not act as a barrier.
Permission was granted for the demolition of the existing wall and the building of a new one without a gate.
Some residents said they felt the process of introducing flood alleviation measures was taking too long.
As the wall was approved, Councillor Pearson said: "We have a wall, hopefully, in time."