Kingswood residents vow to keep up fight against pumping station
RESIDENTS in Kingswood have vowed to continue their fight to stop a new pumping station being built on the estate.
Yorkshire Water had an initial planning application rejected and has met with Hull City Council to state its intention to appeal the decision.
The water company is proposing to build the new facility to replace the old one in Selset Way.
Matt Thompson, spokesman for Yorkshire Water, said: "We met with Hull City Council on Wednesday to update their committee and inform them we will be appealing the decision."
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The news of the expected appeal has further angered residents on the Waterside Park estate, who were originally left in the dark about the development, which would be built within a few metres of their homes.
Pauline Cochran, of Selset Way, said she was not initially informed of the proposals.
"It was a complete accident that we found out about these plans," she said.
"Yorkshire Water consulted with Bransholme residents but not us – the people who will have to live with this pumping station on their doorsteps."
Yorkshire Water distributed a newsletter setting out the proposal to 11,337 homes but Mrs Cochran said residents in Waterside Park did not receive it.
The company has since apologised to those who were not initially contacted.
Mr Thompson said: "We are very sorry some residents did not initially receive the letter with our intentions.
"As soon as this was brought to our attention we took steps to rectify the problem."
Although residents have aired their concerns about the development, they acknowledge the need for a station.
Mrs Cochran said: "We agree about it being built and we don't want people to feel we are in total disagreement but we do not want it at the end of our road.
"There is no question we need the pumping station but not in the place where it is going to be.
"There is no guarantee the new station will protect homes from future flooding."
The council report produced on the back of the initial application said: "On balance, it is considered that due to the proposed location and design it is unlikely the proposal would harm the residential enjoyment of the nearby properties."
However, councillors on the city council's planning committee still rejected the proposal because of its proximity with people's homes.
Mrs Cochran, 55, said the comments in the initial report were out of touch with what residents feel.
She said: "It is complete rubbish that the building will not affect our homes and the enjoyment of living in this area.
"All we are asking is that other locations are considered so we are not left with a huge industrial development right outside our houses."