While GFSG recognises the need for new housing and that the area must accept a reasonable proportion of the numbers that Leeds City Council has designated, consideration must be paramount for existing residents in that their standards of living, in terms of flood risk, must not be diminished.
To this end GFSG will continue to monitor and object, if necessary, to developments that it deems will pose an increased flood risk. This flood risk will generally be caused either by surface water run off and/or surface water getting into foul sewerage, overfacing the capacity and resulting in sewage escapes into gardens and, occasionally, houses. GFSG is concerned that the ageing and piecemeal nature of the existing sewerage infrastructure is not up to coping with the ever increasing number of connection permissions being granted and will continue to agitate for an improved system.
GFSG would appreciate contact being made if anyone has concerns about flooding, either surface water or sewage but emphasises that sewage worries must always be reported to Yorkshire Water (0800573553 or 03451242424).
The Flood Group’s annual Christmas Concert is scheduled for Saturday 16th of December, 7pm at the Miners’ Welfare Hall on Main Street in Garforth.
Tickets are £4 for adults, £2 for children up to 16 and £10 for a family ticket covering 2 adults and 2 children.
The capacity of the flood water storage created on Barley Hill recreation ground several years ago has been increased this year by raising the banks and directing the water collected into a substantial gully and pipe which will control flow-off so that it does not overwhelm the system downstream. Adjacent residents’ concerns regarding privacy are being addressed so that users of the park will not be able to see into these houses from the top of the bank.
Similar work carried out last year at Glebelands playing field has recently been smartened up as a certain amount of damage accrued when work had to be done on very wet ground.
Both sites have demonstrated that they do function to requirement though, thankfully, neither has, as yet, been tested to capacity.
GFSG is constantly active in regard of drainage issues. A busy week has just been experienced with a water mains burst on Selby Road causing considerable flooding in Beck Bottoms and into the back gardens of properties on Highfield Drive, [GFSG followed up a concern that the road surface was extremely lumpy and was assured that this would be dealt with shortly], a persistent odour around a bakery, [YW attended and jetted the offending drain] immediately followed by a burst foul sewer on Ninelands Lane. GFSG was pro-active in encouraging YW to respond as quickly as possible.
GFSG is pleased to announce that a 40yr flooding problem with an old sump to the rear of three properties on White Rose Avenue has been resolved due to the persistence of the residents and GFSG assisted by LCC Flood Risk Management. The razing of the buildings on the Miami site led to the discovery of the missing surface water outfall drain which was jetted and we are now assured is in working order. We await a significant rainfall event to test whether the sump is now indeed operating as intended.
Flood Defence works at Glebelands on Ninelands Lane began on September 19th. This is all down to the support of Leeds City Council Flood Risk Management Department applying for funding, planning, applying for approval and appointing the contractors.
Pipework is being installed along and around the often waterlogged bottom side and corner of the field and a brick wall is being constructed to give added protection to Ninelands Primary School which has been flooded countless time in the past, particularly the Superintendant’s house. The surface water will then be taken off site through the main drains that drop from the bottom corner of the playing fields towards the bridge at Charlie Sweep’s Corner and then along the Linesway eventually joining/following the course of the Lin Dyke.
The work is scheduled to take about 8 weeks but should not be any detriment to the sports pitches.
The protective new wall takes shape