t: 01904 784847 e: julian.sturdy.mp@parliament.uk
Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

Latest News & Campaigns

Julian expresses delight at Government confirmation of ring road dualling scheme

Julian expresses delight at Government confirmation of ring road dualling scheme

Julian has today received official confirmation from the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere that she has signed off on City of York Council’s bid for Government funding for the dualling of the A1237 between the Rawcliffe and Hopgrove roundabouts. Subject to the approval of the Final Business Case, the Department has agreed to contribute just under

Julian welcomes National Railway Museum funding boost and requests meeting with Housing Minister to secure York Central access funding

Julian has today welcomed the Culture Secretary’s announcement that the National Railway Museum in...

Julian welcomes Queen’s Speech 2019

Julian has welcomed the Queen’s Speech for 2019, setting out the government’s proposed draft...

Julian urges Prime Minister to support campaign to save Askham Bog

Yesterday, Julian questioned the First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, who was standing in...

Julian speaks up on local flood defences

April 28, 2017

This Wednesday, Julian used a debate in Parliament in Westminster Hall to emphasise the importance of the sensitive use of flood defences, so that they do not protect some areas at the expense of others.

The debate was on upper catchment management, i.e. the management of the upper reaches of a river. ‘Hard’ flood defences, like the Foss Barrier in York, are essential in preventing actual floods, but some of the most useful longer-term methods of reducing flood risk involve reducing the total flow of water coming down the river through managing the whole river catchment. This can mean communities can be protected by measures like reservoirs and water storage areas far upstream of them that reduce the possible peak flow of the river in their area.

In the debate, Julian said “while hard flood defences are important we must remember that that is only moving the problem further downstream….a number of villages in my constituency, such as Acaster Malbis and Naburn, south of York, support the flood defences in York; but ultimately those only move the water downstream and move the problem elsewhere. That is why upper catchment is so important, and it is why we must look at the whole.”

City of York Council and York’s local Environment Agency team are exploring whole catchment management solutions as a way of reducing long-term flood risk in the York area. The Environment Agency are consulting on options for the whole River Ouse catchment this Spring, and also investigating the Swale, Ure and Nidd catchments. Julian has assisted Strensall with Towthorpe Parish Council in approaching the Environment Agency to suggest land in their area that is suitable for flood attenuation, so as to spread out any potential flood water peak.

After the debate, Julian said “it is vital that local residents can have confidence in flood protection for the York area, and that no neighbourhoods will be left behind. Whole river catchments solutions to manage and reduce the flow of water coming downstream are one of the best ways to ensure equal protection for all areas. I know residents in places like Acaster Malbis want these introduced as soon as possible, and I will continue to push for a flood defence strategy that protects all the communities of York Outer.”