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Skeffling Parish Council



Minutes of Emergency Meeting held on 27th June 2007


Those present:  Cllr. M. Turnbull, Chairman

Cllr. P. Payne Vice-Chairman

Cllr. L. Payne

Cllr. S. Rollinson

Cllr. J. Sizer

Cllr. J. F. Robinson

Cllr. R. Newsam


An Emergency Meeting was held to discuss the recent flooding in the village and what emergency measures could be taken for this weekend in light of weather forecasts predicting heavy rainfall and the possibility of more flooding.  This will mean borrowing pumps and equipment.


The problem is with Yorkshire Water as the sewerage works isn't coping adequately.  There are 3 pipes, 12", 15" and 22" all converging and going through a 15" pipe at the same time.  The pumps at the crossroads are broken and not working at all.


The pumping station at the river bank cannot cope with the additional demands made on it from other villages as it was originally designed to service Skeffling. There is no back-up generator at the pumping station.


A meeting is being arranged with Philip Wynn. Brian Meadley and Charles Hill should be included in this as they know the trench system through the fields.  Mick Wilkin of Welwick should also be included because of his local knowledge.


Three questions must be answered:

1.  Capacity of pumps

2.  Sluice Gate

3.  Access to emergency wheel to operate sluice gate.


Tom Todhunter and Yorkshire Water need to be on site to see the problem.  The Environment Agency should also be involved.


It was suggested that an independent survey of the sewer system be done.

Proposed:   Cllr. M. Turnbull

Seconded:  Cllr. J. Sizer

Vote:  carried unanimously


The weather forecast is for heavy rain on Saturday.  It was agreed to borrow at least two pumps to deal with any potential flooding.  One to be in the manhole in Church Road, the other to go in the dyke at the back of the filtration plant.


Meeting closed at 9.20 p.m.