Flood action tops wish-list for Sinnington villagers

Gazette & Herald: . .

WORK to prevent flooding in Sinnington heads a list of action points in a new village plan.

The village has suffered from flooding in recent years, with many homes being badly hit.

Now, as a result of an extensive questionnaire, two-thirds of residents say further steps should be taken to reduce the threat of flooding.

Several residents want the river banks in Sinnington to be cleared or the river bed dug out, but opponents say it would damage the natural environment.

Others have suggested dredging the river or building flood banks, but the Environment Agency has ruled those out on cost grounds, and because it believes they will be ineffective.

Flood banks have been rejected by residents because they fear they would spoil the village. However, other ideas include creating a flood plain and water-holding ponds and putting flood doors on homes.

Roger Hudson, chairman of the parish council, said: “It was an excellent response, with 62 per cent of residents putting forward their ideas in the questionnair.

“Some have already been achieved such as providing a new village noticeboard, which has been kindly made by a resident out of solid oak.

“We have also had a commemorative seat given.

“There is a great willingness in the village with people prepared to give their time and skills.”

Among other issues highlighted for action in the village plan are the poor visibility at the junction of the main street and the A170 and difficult road crossings for horse riders.

Residents have also looked at the village hall, the former 19th century local school, as to whether it should be extended because of its popularity.

Improvements to the bus shelter were on the list, along with the possibility of building a children’s play area on the village green and providing a public toilet.

A village shop would benefit Sinnington, said residents, along with a tearoom for visitors and the building of a footbridge at the village ford, near the footpath to Cropton.

The survey also showed that people want more homes to be built for locals only, together with affordable homes for rent or part-purchase. Concerns about holiday homes in the village were also raised.

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1:24pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Roger S says...

I would like to see a positive approach to ALL sensible small scale building to encourage local trades and vitality so more youngsters can afford to live here (it's not a particularly expensive area but wages are low). These local only schemes are often abused by those in power (e.g. divvied out to National Park worker family members), or by large building companies who tow up in Kirby and say, "right, you are not allowing building anywhere else so we are going to have to build all your houses for you and we are the only ones who can make it viable with affordable. The govt will get some free so it can rent them out and get an easy income (tax) from people trapped in smaller than usable homes, and we'll take your £30 million pounds earned locally and put it into our investors in city X and the few landowners who may live afar so we can further polarise your society, damage your rural charm or balanced community, and laugh about it as we move on to the next get rich quick scheme."

A lot of it starts because people don't like to see their neighbours do well or build, but then it just lays a path for monopolistic domination from aggressive litigious venture capital type firms.

Sinnington is going to look after itself it seems. Unless they could get a company to come along and build 200 homes in return for a flood defence.... Malton style.
I would like to see a positive approach to ALL sensible small scale building to encourage local trades and vitality so more youngsters can afford to live here (it's not a particularly expensive area but wages are low). These local only schemes are often abused by those in power (e.g. divvied out to National Park worker family members), or by large building companies who tow up in Kirby and say, "right, you are not allowing building anywhere else so we are going to have to build all your houses for you and we are the only ones who can make it viable with affordable. The govt will get some free so it can rent them out and get an easy income (tax) from people trapped in smaller than usable homes, and we'll take your £30 million pounds earned locally and put it into our investors in city X and the few landowners who may live afar so we can further polarise your society, damage your rural charm or balanced community, and laugh about it as we move on to the next get rich quick scheme." A lot of it starts because people don't like to see their neighbours do well or build, but then it just lays a path for monopolistic domination from aggressive litigious venture capital type firms. Sinnington is going to look after itself it seems. Unless they could get a company to come along and build 200 homes in return for a flood defence.... Malton style. Roger S
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