Government signals U-turn over flood defence scheme for Leeds

Aerial picture over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds.
Aerial picture over the Kirkstall Road area of Leeds.
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FLOOD ravaged Leeds is to get a longed-for flood defence, years after council leaders begged for protection.

A stretch of the River Aire in Leeds will get a £33m defence by 2017, the region’s new flooding envoy Robert Goodwill has announced.

Homes and businesses on Kirkstall Road were left underwater after the river burst its banks on Boxing Day.

But this new plan is a much scaled back version of an original request for a £190m flood defence 12 miles long made to Government in 2010.

Mr Goodwill, MP for Scarborough, announced the £33m project following a meeting yesterday with Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency.

He said: “In 2010 the scheme that had been planned was unaffordable.

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