Engineers will investigate ground conditions next week in preparation for a multi-million-pound flood alleviation scheme designed to reduce the risk of flooding for around 8,000 properties.
The £14.4 million Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (WaDFAS) is a joint effort by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council and will consist of a series of lagoons at Rawdales Farm, Robson’s Cottage, Albion Mills and Carr Lane, which will hold around 205,000 cubic metres of water.
The scheme was granted planning permission earlier this year and had its grant funding application approved by the Environment Agency in March.
The ground investigation works will advise the final detailed design and help to determine the areas of land necessary for the scheme, which will be acquired preferably by negotiation, although a compulsory purchase order is being prepared, if required.
Following the appointment of a contractor, construction would likely start in autumn 2014 and be complete in summer 2015.
Dave Waudby, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, explained what the investigation works will include.
He said: “Over the coming weeks, engineers will excavate a series of test holes to determine the composition of the ground to help finalise our detailed scheme design and advise the construction of the lagoons.
“The council is always mindful when undertaking such works and has organised for a watching archaeological brief on site to record any potential findings.
“Once we have gathered all relevant data the test holes will be filled in and the area returned to a suitable state.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The investigation works are an important milestone in this scheme’s deliverance and I’m sure I speak for both the residents of the East Riding and Hull when I say it is welcome news.
“Since the devastating floods of 2007, the council has invested significant time, effort and resources into providing protection for thousands of homes and businesses and the WaDFAS scheme will hopefully go a long way in providing residents with a little bit more peace of mind.”
The two councils are also working together on further schemes, including the Cottingham and Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme (COPFAS), which is currently subject to further modelling work and would reduce the risk of flooding for around 4,000 properties, and the Anlaby East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme (AEEFAS), which is at the feasibility stage.