Flooding scheme on track after 
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Those behind Pickering’s major flood defence scheme say that, despite a funding gap, the scheme is on track to be delivered by the autumn.

Earlier this week The Yorkshire Post revealed how the long-awaited scheme to build dams and potentially store flood water to stop it sweeping into Pickering from the North Yorkshire Moors needs a further £400,000.

Town councillors were given the news by Ian Thompson, area flood and coastal risk manager for the Environment Agency in North and East Yorkshire, who said the £2.5m project, known as Slowing the Flow, needs the additional money to complete the work at Newbridge, just north of the market town.

Mr Thompson said all partners in the venture were being asked to help contribute towards the funding gap.

Jeremy Walker, The Slowing the Flow partnership’s chairman, confirmed there were pressures on costs, “which may require additional funding”.

He said talks were taking place to ensure costs were kept as low as possible and discussions were taking place about funding options.

He said the project was “on track to be completed in the autumn”.

Experts claim the long-awaited flood defence scheme should reduce the chances of flooding in Pickering – which has been hit three times in recent years – from 25 per cent in any one year, to four per cent or less, and it should give homes in the area increased protection from the elements.

Over the past decade three schemes have been abandoned because of cost, most recently a £3.5m project in 2011.

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