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A public exhibition will be held this month to give residents the chance to find out more about the Hessle Foreshore Tidal Defence Scheme.

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be putting plans for the proposed £11million scheme on display at Hessle Town Hall on Thursday 22 November between 9am and 6pm.

Residents are being invited to go along to see the proposals, meet officers involved, ask questions and give their views.

The tidal defence scheme has been designed to reduce the risk of flooding from tidal surges to more than 4,000 homes and businesses in the Hessle and West Hull area and will provide protection to a 0.5% (1 in 200) risk of occurring in any given year.

It would also reduce the risk of flooding to the major A63 road on Clive Sullivan Way, the railway line, electrical substations and water and sewerage facilities.

Subject to planning approval, the scheme will include:

  • The construction of a concrete wall along the southern side of Cliff Road with a 1m high glass panel, similar to the glass tidal defences at Paull, and the raising of the road near the Humber Bridge’s north tower.
  • Building a 2m high concrete wall along the northern side of Livingstone Road.
  • Raising the existing Hessle Haven wall by 1m and carrying out repairs to the sluice structure.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Staff from the council’s civil engineering services and flood risk strategy teams will be at the exhibition, as well as representatives from the Environment Agency and Hull City Council to answer any questions and give a better understanding of the flood defence scheme.

“We hope residents will come along and see what the scheme is all about, especially people living in the foreshore area who have been affected by flooding or could be at risk in the future.”

Plans for the scheme have recently been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and will be discussed at a future planning committee meeting.

Hessle Foreshore is a low lying area which suffered significant flooding in the tidal surge of December 2013, with flooding of up to 1m deep affecting 40 homes and 44 business premises.

Predictions suggest similar flooding events are likely to happen more often in the future, because of increases in sea levels caused by climate change.

As part of the tidal defence scheme, extensive flood modelling was carried out which shows that a larger area is at risk of tidal flooding, therefore putting more properties at risk.

The proposed work will be jointly funded with grants administered by the Environment Agency (£6.75m Flood Defence Grant in Aid), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (£2.3m European Regional Development Fund).

This project has an in-principle allocation (subject to final Business case approval) of £2m from the Humber LEP’s Local Growth Fund programme which has been secured through its Growth Deals with Government and is part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.