MEP visits the area after flood warning

Timothy Kirkhope MEP close to agricultural land which was flooded near the Pocklington Canal at Melbourne
Timothy Kirkhope MEP close to agricultural land which was flooded near the Pocklington Canal at Melbourne

The MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber paid a visit to the Pocklington area this week after a flood warning was issued for Pocklington Beck.

Following the warning, which was issued on Monday morning following rain overnight on Sunday and on Monday morning, Timothy Kirkhope MEP visited the area to check the situation.

By the time he arrived in Pocklington the beck level was dropping. He also visited the Pocklington Canal at Melbourne and found the surrounding agricultural land was flooded.

He said: “I am presently pressuring the Government and discussing with the European Commission ways in which we can keep the issue of flooding in the forefront of thinking and actions bearing in mind that it is anticipated that occasional flooding crises might become more frequent in future.

“Without new strategies and appropriate actions the outcome is worrying. With strategies being implemented properly we can minimise future disruption.

“Thankfully, both UK Ministers and the EU are listening to my representations and those of other colleagues including local MP Sir Greg Knight and we should therefore be optimistic looking ahead.”