Fed-up campaigners from a Ryedale village are requesting a round-table meeting ahead of the first anniversary of a “pollution” incident which left their streets flooded with raw sewage.
Villagers in Brawby want a permanent and final solution to the problem amid fears they will fall victim to the same disruption as last year as the weather turns and the flooding risk increases with the approach of winter.
Simon Thackray, one of the leading campaigners, has written to Janet Waggott, chief executive of Ryedale District Council, to ask for her assistance in organising a meeting with representatives from Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water and North Yorkshire County Council.
Residents in Brawby were left to wade through contaminated floodwater for five days in November and December last year when the village was flooded due to the backing up of the sewer.
Despite assurances from the multi-agency partnership in May that necessary measures were in place to prevent a recurrence of the pollution of last year, Brawby was once again flooded with sewage contaminated water on June 23.
Experts working on behalf of the campaigners insist that the main problem is the lack of capacity in the antiquated sewer network and a Waste Water Treatment Works that is not fit for purpose.
At the last meeting to discuss the Brawby pollution incidents, Mr Thackray claims there was a “determined and collective attempt by the agencies to draw a line under the matter.”
He says the taskforce dismissed the proposed solution from campaigners to permanently pump waste water over the ditch and directly into the river or to pump the waste directly to the Great Barugh Treatment Works, in favour of its “risk mitigation measure” where a temporary pump will be put in place in Brawby when river levels reach a certain height.”
“They told us they do not see the need for future meetings,” said Mr Thackray. “Meanwhile, we are left in limbo with no remedial engineering work scheduled or in place to correct the real problem with the sewer, and the threat of further pollution and public nuisance is hanging over our heads. Yorkshire Water is being allowed to neglect its statutory duties as Sewerage Undertaker and everyone else is looking away.”