New sewer plans unveiled for 300-home development

DRAINAGE experts have submitted new plans for Filey’s controversial Mill Meadows development.

The study, carried out by Yorkshire Water, reveal proposals to create a new sewer to transfer surface water via Martins Ravine, which would service the 300-home estate, in Muston Road, and reduce the flooding risk in the area.

The much-maligned system, which has previously attracted great criticism from Filey councillors and the Filey Flood Working Group, would be built to cater for a one in a 100-year storm and 30 per cent climate change.

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

The report said: “The only viable solution for the discharge of surface water from the development site is to discharge the surface water directly to sea via Martins Ravine footpath.

“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.

“Therefore, by the provision of a new hydraulically separate surface water sewer there will not be an increased amount of water entering the existing surface water sewer system.

“Provided the development’s surface water drainage and collection systems are constructed to an adoptable standard and adequately maintained, the proposed surface water sewer will not have a detrimental impact on the existing water system or increase flood risk.”

The plans for a new drainage system have been on the drawing board since February when the new development was passed by Scarborough Council planning officials.

However, a key facet of that decision was based upon the premise that no work could start until sufficient - and acceptable - drainage systems had been put in place.

Filey Flood Working Group met in July to discuss a Yorkshire Water report into drainage mechanisms, but dismissed the findings on grounds that tests provided no new assurances that the road surface under Martins Ravine could cope with the infrastructure.

l The new development has been earmarked to relocate Scarborough residents whose properties are teetering on a cliff edge.

Scarborough Council has announced the estate could be used to house people from 15 bungalows at landslip-hit Knipe Point.

The authority owns a small pocket of land on the site and identified it as the premier site after analysing 48 potential areas.

However, Knipe Point residents have dismissed the notion and want to stay in Scarborough.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for the Environment and Coastal and Flood Defences, said: “We could have promoted council-owned land but the chosen sites are owned by private developers.”