Drainage plans on public display

FRESH drainage plans for a contentious Filey housing development have gone on public display.

Yorkshire Water has unveiled new sewage proposals for Coast and Country’s 300-home Mill Meadows estate, in Muston Road.

The system, dogged by criticism from Filey councillors and members of the Flood Working Group, would be built to cater for a one in a 100-year storm and cope with 30 per cent climate change.

Under the plans, water would still be transferred from the site via Martins Ravine, a move which the town’s Flood Working Group have previously strenuously contested.

The group rejected a report in July, saying it offered no new assurances over surface water drainage at Martins Ravine and the effects on the surrounding area.

Cllr Mike Cockerill, chairman of the group, said they had little confidence in the mechanisms put forward and pressed for a full report to clarify the situation.

Speaking after the decision, he added: “We felt there was insufficient information to enable any confidence over making a decision or recommendation to the planning committee of the borough or the town council.

“I also made it very clear that until we are told further work has been carried out to see the make-up of the ground under the surface where the pipe is going there is very little chance, if any, of the group accepting it.”

However, the report from Yorkshire Water counters the fears, highlighting discharge along Martins Ravine as the only viable option.

It added: “Much of the flood risk within Filey is due to the capacity of the existing drainage systems and any increase in the amount of water entering the existing drainage systems may increase flood risk elsewhere.

“A new hydraulically separate surface water sewer will not increase the water entering the existing system.

Work could start in October and is expected to be finished in May.

The plans can be viewed in Filey Town Council’s offices, in Queen Street, from 9am until 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.