Press release: Major milestone for £45 million York Flood Alleviation Scheme

first_imgA major milestone has been reached as construction work gets underway on the Environment Agency’s York Flood Alleviation Scheme, in partnership with City of York Council.Contractors have started preparing to raise and improve flood defences from Westgate Apartments to the Park Inn hotel on North Street. This section of the flood defence scheme will also see the floodgate under Lendal Bridge increased in height. A site compound has started being constructed on Tanner Row opposite the Maltings pub.The work forms part of the £45 million York Flood Alleviation Scheme which will better protect 2,000 properties across the city by 2021.Project manager Richard Lever, of the Environment Agency, said: It is great news that we’re now on the ground working to better protect York, its residents and businesses from flooding. The flood wall along North Street has previously come close to overtopping and needs increasing in height to cope with rising flood heights and the effects of climate change. City of York Council is working closely with the Environment Agency on these schemes. Protecting people’s homes and businesses is an absolute priority so we can defend the city in the future. Raising the existing floodwall along North Street by up to 30cm and installing new flood gates, and increasing the width of the gate nearest Lendal Bridge to 2.5m to improve access Increasing the height of the Lendal Bridge floodgate by 30cm with an additional 15cm demountable panel for extreme events. Enabling demountable flood barriers to be used across the main and second entrance to the Memorial Gardens. Constructing a new flood wall up to 70cm high along Leeman Road from Westgate Apartments to a new embankment in the grounds of York City Rowing Club, with the incorporation of demountable barriers at access points. Raising of the wall and replacement/refurbishment of penstocks at the Park Inn/riverside walkway. In both 2000 and 2015 the river levels were close to the top of the wall so sandbags were used to increase the defence height.center_img Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said: If we don’t carry out this work there is also a risk that flood water might flow round the end of the existing defences, finding a path through the War Memorial Gardens and the York City Rowing Club boathouse to flood properties on Rougier Street and Wellington Row, as well as cutting off Station Road. The section of Leeman Road used as a coach stop, adjacent to Memorial Gardens, will be closed for the duration of the work. The work at Memorial Gardens is expected to be complete in time for the Remembrance Sunday service.Access will remain open on the road next to Westgate apartments, to the Esplanade car park and along Wellington Row to the rowing club.Traffic lights will be used to manage traffic along North Street and Wellington Row during the wall-raising work and a banksman will manage traffic to and from the site.Work on the Lendal Bridge flood gates will take place on one gate at a time so access will not be impeded until testing is carried out, where it will be closed for approximately four days.The work will take place in two parts; the construction of the new wall and embankment in War Memorial Gardens, and the raising of North Street flood wall and Lendal Bridge flood gate.While the majority of work will only take place in daytime hours, night working is expected in a short section, near the junction of Leeman Road and Station Avenue.Further construction work is expected to start between Water End and Scarborough Bridge, at the back of St Peter’s School, in the coming months.The Environment Agency will continue working with City of York Council between now and 2021 to carry out a major programme of flood defence upgrades within the city. Initial ideas were identified within the York 5 Year Plan, published in November 2016.For further details email [email protected] or visit: The work will consist of:last_img read more

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The PPP has a stark choice before it

first_imgDear Editor,Two hundred and seventy-eight days after the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion, out-of-time caretaker President David Granger has once again made a temporising statement; Granger has dangled the ‘carrot’ of an election date in the hope that the People’s Progressive Party will return to Parliament on October 10, 2019 and extend the life of his as-of-now illegal administration.The PPP has a stark choice before it: principle versus expediency. I am firmly on the side of the principled stand taken by the PPP. We may not get the “earliest possible date of 2nd March, 2020” but that is the cost of abiding by the principle of rule of law. Granger knows that there is no need for life of Parliament to be extended, save and except to make the actions of himself and his administration legal retroactively. When Granger said “Guyanese, we are on the right path to preserve our precious parliamentary democracy”, he had no idea how right he was, the PPP must be commended for not jumping at the carrot and granting succour to a usurper and a slew of corrupt actions.Granger will still face pressure to announce a date for constitutionally due General and Regional Elections from the People’s Progressive Party at every turn. Inevitably, that date will be announced, then, cue the lights, cameras, action and of course, the plethora of political parties entering the fray.Conspicuously absent on the front lines during this period when the Constitution of our nation is being trampled by David Granger and his cohorts, these parties— comprised of armchair activists— will ask citizens to vote for them. Their big marketing point is the promise to represent the ‘middle’; their main weakness is that they represent small groups of hustlers who hope/aim to enrich themselves by becoming power brokers in the event no party gains a clear majority.These parties lack the capacity to govern, nor do they, from all evidence available, want that responsibility. What they want is the power of being the weight that tips the scale, kingmakers on every decision. They lack principle or guiding morality; much like Granger and his APNU/AFC, they simply sell inexperience as a positive rather than the clear negative it represents.A vote for these wannabe ‘power-brokers’ is a vote for corruption, for though they may sell themselves as idealists with ‘power-sharing’ ‘shared-governance’ ‘Constitution reform’ and/or ‘ethnic balance’ as their platform, many have never read the Constitution or have knowledge of the documents 192 amendments made under the PPP.One new group of opportunists has taken to a ‘Whisper-by-WhatsApp’ campaign to sell the idea of a completely new Constitution. The obstinacy and disrespect shown by the current executive are used as the excuse for offering this as a viable course of action. It is akin to throwing your shoe away after stepping in dog excrement, an act available to the unthinking rich, the constituent that group hopes to attract.Granger’s administration also made a play with false promises to attract voters, including the ludicrous claim that a paved road from Linden to Lethem was a “promise kept”. Granger’s cabal bought itself an extra year by delaying a constitutionally due election in an attempt to convince the electorate of its viability, the hope was that they could shower the populace with gifts and goodies; it is a stunning indictment of APNU/AFC incompetence that they have failed even in this scheme.David Granger has only himself to blame for his status as a usurper; he willingly perpetuated a farce on the citizens of Guyana and cannot be granted reprieve or succour that an extension of life provides. Granger knew where the ‘red line’ was and boldly crossed it, he must make his way back under his own steam for what little redemption (if any) awaits.The PPP holds the line against the siren song of the usurper, and must demonstrate that no matter what the cost, the principles enshrined in our Constitution must never be discarded for gains afforded by expedient actions.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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