Officials visit Dales hamlet in bid to resolve flooding problems

Widdale Beck. Photo: Roger Templeman.

By Betsy Everett

Flood prevention measures in the Dales hamlet of Appersett are underway after residents met representatives of North Yorkshire County Council to voice their fears, County Councillor Yvonne Peacock has told Hawes and High Abbotside parish council.

Several homes were flooded in a day-long deluge in November, and councillors and officers have visited the site to assess the problems and seek a way forward, she said in a special report.

“Water in houses is always very upsetting, especially at this time of year,” said Cllr Peacock.

She said blocked gullies were being cleared and a camera was to be installed in the drain which goes under the bridge from Widdale beck, which had overflowed and caused the problem.

Councillor David Jeffels, joint chair of the York and North Yorkshire flood risk partnership, had visited Appersett and would report back to the board, she said, and development engineer James Ryan from the county council had also met residents to discuss solutions.

He had suggested an action group be formed which could seek funding for flood protection and members of the parish council agreed.

“We are waiting for feedback now as to ways of solving the problems or at least alleviate any flooding in the future,” said Cllr Peacock.

Cllr Peacock asked the parish council to report to the highways department that the wall at  Gayle beck, Hawes, needed repointing on either side to prevent flooding into nearby houses.

She would then follow up the parish council’s request as an inspector who had seen it had not agreed there was a problem.

“A resident in Hawes has mentioned this to me often and he is sure if the wall was pointed both sides this would prevent any possibly flooding,” she said.