Plan to reduce flooding in Hull
A public consultation has been launched by Hull City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency as part of plans to create a large ‘aquagreen’ at Castlehill in efforts to reduce the flood risk to homes and businesses in east Hull.
The versatile green space would be placed south of the old Bransholme Dairy Farm.
It would function as a storage facility for excess water during a flood, slowly releasing it back into the drainage system after the peak of the event has passed.
According to Hull City Council, properties in North Carr and Sutton are currently at risk of flooding from water in Holderness Drain after heavy rain.
When the drain becomes full, water flows into Sutton Cross Drain, overwhelming the local drainage system and increasing the risk of flooding for homes in the area.
This area almost flooded last November when other parts of Hull were hit.
These most recent plans are the second phase of the £28m Holderness Drain Flood Alleviation Scheme, following construction of the new East Hull Pumping Station, which started earlier this year.
Councillor Mike Thompson said:
“The Castle Hill aquagreen and flood protection scheme is absolutely vital and will allow us to continue to protect hundreds of homes and businesses in the Sutton and North Carr communities, who have suffered from flooding damage since 2007.
“The flood protection is similar to others we have developed in and around Hull and the East Riding, and provides a critical component in the wider protection of the whole city.
“We urge residents to engage with this consultation process so that their comments can be taken on board.”
This partnership scheme is led by the Environment Agency and supported by Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Highways England and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund Programme.
The public consultation will run until 28 September, and local residents can have their say here.