Council hopes to use former Anlaby school in flood protection plans

Published: Thursday 14th January 2016 by KCFM

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Thousands of homes in East Yorkshire could be protected from flooding with a multi-million pound plan for Anlaby’s former Sydney Smith School.

East Riding Council is looking at turning the disused school into a reservoir and sport pitches as part of a £21 million project.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for asset management, said: “This scheme would protect somewhere in the region between six to seven thousand properties from flooding in the future.

“It’s really important we do them and this is just another one of a suite of protections to offer flood resilience to both the city of Hull and the East Riding communities.

“We want to use the area to create a reservoir to hold surface water and flooding in times of flood. But we’ve got a lot of work to do to work up the engineering detail and the design.

“We’ve got £15 million of a grant towards it and the remaining balance would be funded through the Humber LEP, so we know that the funding’s in place.

“It’s getting the technicalities of it right and getting all the various different permissions in place that are the next move.”

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Published: Thursday 14th January 2016 by KCFM

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