Highway drainage works have started in Great Gutter Lane (West), in Willerby, which is the first phase of the £14.4 million Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (WaDFAS), a partnership scheme between East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council.
The works will see the current drainage system upgraded, with larger sized gullies and pipe work that will feed into the second phase of the scheme which consists of a large lagoon at Robson’s Cottage, one of a number being created including at Albion Mills and Carr Lane.
Phase one of the works, which is anticipated to be complete by the summer at a cost of circa £500,000, is being delivered by Hull-based contractor, Wright Civil Engineering Limited.
When complete, the multi-million-pound flood alleviation scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding for around 8,000 properties.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “During the devastating floods of 2007, the drainage system in Great Gutter Lane became overwhelmed and resulted in water on the carriageway that then ran-off into urban areas.
“The first phase of this scheme will improve the drainage in the area and will then feed into the series of lagoons that will be constructed, which will hold around 205,000 cubic metres of water.
“I’m sure I speak for the residents of both the East Riding and Hull when I say the first phase of this scheme is welcome news and will hopefully go a long way in providing them with a little bit more peace of mind.”
Councillor John Hewitt, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and communities at Hull City Council, said: “I welcome the start of the drainage works to Great Gutter Lane (West) and once complete they will provide extra protection and reassurance to those in the local area, in the event of extreme weather.”
During the works on Great Gutter Lane, the council and its contractor will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum.
The second phase of the WaDFAS is anticipated to begin on site in winter and be complete by late summer/autumn 2015.
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 with topographic surveys currently being undertaken.