Local MPs Sir Greg Knight and Graham Stuart join forces to tackle flooded farmland Issue
Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, chaired a virtual meeting with local farmers and representatives from the Environment Agency (EA), East Riding Council and the National Farmers Union about flooded farmland and were joined by Sir Greg Knight MP for East Yorkshire, who chairs the Hull River Board.
At the meeting, the EA reported on the River Hull bathymetric survey, which had highlighted a number of focus areas for further investigation and which will become the subject of bids for Government funding.
Farmers welcomed the further opportunity to raise their continuing concerns and individual experiences, and to put questions to the EA.
It was concluded that once a clear proposal is put together, the group will be in a position to make a strong case to various private and public bodies to secure funding. A follow up meeting is planned for September to hear an update from the EA about their assessments, solutions and costings, so that next steps can be confirmed.
Sir Greg said, “Clearly more needs to be done and Graham and I are keen to ensure that a co-ordinated approach is pursued so that all options to reduce flooding locally are properly examined.”
Paul Stockhill, Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager at the EA, said “We were grateful to have the opportunity to share the findings from our survey of the River Hull. There are some locations we want to look into further, where we can see ‘humps’ in the river bed level. We will conduct further sampling, to establish if these are a result of silt build up, or natural features such as chalk and rock.
“We will continue to share the results of our findings in this forum, as we collectively gain a better understanding about this complex water network.
“It remains important to recognise the funding challenges faced in investing in low lying, drained areas like the upper River Hull.”