York & North Yorkshire

Flood-hit Pickering to get £800,000 defences

Flooding in Pickering town centre
Image caption Pickering was badly flooded in 2007. Pic by North Yorkshire fire service.

Campaigners have welcomed a decision to build flood defences in a North Yorkshire market town.

Pickering has flooded several times since 1999 and residents had called for protection from future incidents.

Ryedale District Council has agreed to spend £800,000 on two embankments to hold back water from Pickering beck.

The Ryedale Flood Research Group said the council's decision was a "step forward" after the Environment Agency scrapped plans for defences in 2004.

The 2004 plans were cancelled after estimates for the cost of the scheme spiralled from an original £1.7m to almost £7m.

Mike Potter, of the flood research group, said: "We've managed to get a scheme on the ground, we've managed to get the funding for it actually approved.

"We will have a small celebration but until I see something built up there we'll reserve the main celebrations."

The Environment Agency will contribute a further £150,000 towards the scheme. Work will start early next year.

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