The long wait for works to upgrade Yorkshire Waters Pumping Station in Ulrome is over.
Yorkshire Water has written to residents in Ulrome to advise that work on the pump station will be starting this week and last for approximately 12 weeks.
The floods of 2007 highlighted problems at three of the East Wolds and Coastal pump stations in Ulrome, Barmston and Nafferton, since that time work to both Nafferton and Barmston have seen major improvements to the service provided in both villages and there have been no reports of flooding.
However, Ulrome has had a longer wait and both parish council and local ward councillors Jonathan Owen and Jane Evison have continually asked Yorlkshire Water to start work in the village. The pumps at Ulrome are old and whenever there is heavy rainfall they are simply unable to cope with the volume of water and Y.W. have had to bring tankers in to take water away to avoid flooding.
Coun Jane Evison said: “I am extremely pleased that Y.W. will be starting work on the Pumping Station, this will be a great relief to residents and the parish council who have waited a long time to see this upgrade underway. Whenever it rains the pumps at the Ulrome facility simply cannot cope with the extra volume of water and tankers will arrive at all times of day and night to tanker the excess water away.
We have worked closely with the Ulrome parish council and it is very satisfying to know that at last the situation is due to improve, it is also pleasing that all three of the Yorkshire Water pumping stations in our ward that were identified as needing an upgrade have now received attention”
Coun Jonathan Owen added: “Yorkshire Water are great at the large scale projects but sometimes it’s a huge struggle ensuring investment in smaller projects in rural areas is maintained.
As Councillors we keep chasing, cajoling and pestering them to ensure work is carried out in our ward and welcome, at last, the work being undertaken at Ulrome and hope residents will soon benefit from the work and have their fears of the risk of future flooding dispelled”