East Riding farmer receives compensation for crop damage

Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by KCFM

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to pay thousands of pounds to a farmer whose carrot crop was damaged when flood water was pumped into a nearby watercourse.

Robert Lindley suffered the damage on his farm in Burton Fleming between December 2012 and January 2013.

The National Farmers Union has welcomed the compensation claim and says it gives other landowners more of a case.

James Copeland, from the NFU, explains the reasons behind the three-day hearing.

“It was taken to the tribunal by the National Farmers Union and the NFU Mutual due to the significance of the losses but also just to set a case so that landowners were able to be compensated in these circumstances,” he said.

“It demonstrates the need for flood authorities to be aware of the consequences and activities of actively pumping and flooding farmland. We’re keen to work with the local authorities and other agencies to look and mitigate flooding across the whole of the region.

“We are pleased the judge has decided, in this particular case, that the local authority should be offering compensation for the loss of his crop. This is the first of its kind, with case particularly to do with land drainage, and it relates specifically to the action of pumping water by the local authority onto farmland.”

Mr Lindley was unavailable for comment.

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Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by KCFM

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  • Gerri Scargill

    Perhaps local authorities should give more thought to how they are going to deal with flood water, if their policy is to basically take excess water from one place and dump it elsewhere, seriously affecting a person’s business and livelihood in the process, then they should be prepared to pay to do it.

  • Kevin Marshall

    Wait for it,come summer the council will impose a hose pipe ban. Drought,water falling in the wrong places,yeh right!

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