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Acute Sewage and Flooding Problems Plague Residents

Picture showing flooding on The Mires
Flooding on The Mires

The Parish Council is concerned about the serious sewage and flooding issues residents are experiencing. We have escalated the matter to senior executives at Yorkshire Water (YW), as this is the organisation responsible for providing an adequate sewerage system for the village. YW representatives have been out multiple times in the last couple of weeks. We have also spoken to ERYC, our Ward Councillors and Graham Stuart MP, not just about what is going on with the sewage now, but also about the flooding more generally.

Obviously, the water table is exceptionally high, which means the problems that we are facing are very acute. The surface water is draining into the sewers, which causes them to overload. As our climate changes and we get more rain, the drains and sewerage system in Newbald are proving totally inadequate. We can assure you that we are campaigning for both short term emergency measures and long-term remedial action to be carried out. Unfortunately, we are not the only parish suffering with problems of surface water, overflowing drains and sewage leaks, so YW’s resources are stretched. You will appreciate there is no overnight solution for this. Any work to upgrade the sewerage system to the standard required will be a major and expensive undertaking.  However, it needs to be done.

It will help if we can demonstrate the extent of public unhappiness. Please take the time to report to YW how you are being impacted on 0345 1242424. You could also contact Ofwat (Ofwat.gov.uk) and CCW (ccwater.org.uk) as they can bring pressure to bear on YW. The Environment Agency is keen to hear about any sewage leaks into the beck. Please let them know on 0800 807060. They are keeping a log to use as evidence to force YW to improve the sewerage system.

Many thanks to Cllr. Beccy O’Sullivan, Cllr. John Howard, Jack Marshall and other members of the community for their hard work lobbying on the village’s behalf. Jack has set up a Whatsapp group for residents to share relevant information. Here is the link. https://chat.whatsapp.com/LeDe4EQJi1o5EmZR5hP4K8.

You are doing an excellent job of holding Yorkshire Water and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to account. We know that no stone has been left unturned in terms of involving different relevant bodies, the press and Graham Stuart MP.

The Parish Council shares your determination to ensure that a long term solution to this is implemented. We are also working with other parish councils as part of the multi-agency group ‘West Wolds Slow the Flow’, which is looking at ways to prevent flooding more generally.

https://westwoldsslowtheflow.org.uk/

We know that Newbald is a high priority for Yorkshire Water. As soon as the surface water recedes far enough, they intend to put a camera down the sewer. They can then identify if there are any problems beyond the sheer volume of ground water.

When we have more information, we will let you know.

Newbald has already featured in the press in relation to this issue. See the links below.

Yorkshire Post

Hull Daily Mail