Blocked drains caused flooding, Aysgarth councillors hear

Aysgarth. Photo: Pip Pointon.

Blocked drains in Thornton Rust caused flooding  at the end of December and Aysgarth and District Parish Council is very concerned as traffic is diverted through the village when the A684 between Aysgarth and Bainbridge is closed.

At its meeting on January 11 the parish council was informed by Cllr Robert Cromey-Hawke that villagers  in Thornton Rust had to use emergency-plan sandbags during the heavy rains over the festive period to prevent water flooding properties. This was due to two drains being blocked.

He said residents had cleared some of the blockages by using drain rods but professional intervention was required as flooding was occurring more frequently.  He emphasised that priority action was required because the road through Thornton Rust was the main diversion route when the A684 between Aysgarth and Bainbridge was closed due to flooding.

There was, therefore, the risk that the diversion route could also be closed due to flooding.  He added that the problem was further exacerbated by residents having to park on the narrow road as they were could not do so on the village greens bordering it.

Cllr Peter Windle  said that the flood sign near the Aysgarth Falls Hotel had been left down and visible well into the New Year when the A684 was no longer flooded.

Winter gritting. – Concerns were raised about the gritting of Newbiggin and the road up past The George Inn in Thoralby although it was acknowledged that the gritters do grit through Thoralby village.

The parish council was told that local farmers were willing to do the gritting but were struggling to obtain the salt and grit and the authorisation required from the county council.

Police report. – Two PCSO’s were welcomed to the meeting. They advised that crimes in the area mainly involved farm equipment. They encouraged the councillors  to sign up to the Community Messenger service.

Next meeting. – This will be in Aysgarth Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday February 15.