East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming plans by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to remove ten sunken vessels from the River Hull, which are increasing the risk of flooding in the area. The sunken boats are located between Tickton and Beverley and the plans are to remove the boats by the end of September this year.
Sir Greg, who chairs the River Hull Board said: ‘These vessels have been identified as causing an obstruction of the river and it was decided, rightly in my view, to remove them as part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy (RHICS), which is designed to improve the flow of the river and reduce the risk of flooding for local communities.
“Flooding in the River Hull valley represents the second biggest flood risk to the wider area so anything that can be done to reduce the risk of flooding is welcome”.
Following a meeting this month of the River Hull Board, chaired by Sir Greg, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council is now arranging the relevant permits with the Environment Agency to undertake this salvage work.
Sir Greg added: ‘Removing these sunken vessels from the River Hull is a key part of the RHICS. I am pleased that all of the interested parties involved in the River Hull Board are playing their part in helping to reduce the risk of flooding for hundreds of homes and businesses alongside the River Hull and are now taking action that many local communities and farmers have been calling for’.