Floods in Masham and Ripon affect proposed developments

Children playing in the floods on Magdelens Road
Children playing in the floods on Magdelens Road

Essential works to upgrade the gas mains in Masham have been put on hold temporarily due to extreme weather conditions in the area.

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is investing £340,000 on a brand new 1.5km medium pressure gas main under the River Ure to provide a safe and reliable supply of gas in the area for years to come.

The four week project was due to start Tuesday January 5 but was postponed due to flooding of the River Ure which is currently still at 1.16 metres.

Stuart Armin, Construction Area Manager at NGN said: “After much consideration we have taken the decision to postpone the project as the current conditions would deem it unsafe to carry out the works at this moment in time.

“We will continue to work closely with the local Highways Authority and Parish Council to reschedule the works to take place when it is safe to do so.

“Unfortunately this delay has been unavoidable and we are very sorry for the inconvenience the postponement of works may cause.

While the flooding was said to be less dramatic not too far away in Ripon, concerns were also raised over another development there.

Ripon City Councillor Stuart Martin took pictures of the flooding on West Lane and South Grange Road where Gladman’s developers are proposing to build 450 houses.

Although a planning application for the proposal has not yet been submitted to the committee, Coun Martin was concerned over the amount of surface run-off.

The site of the development falls under Coun Martin’s ward and the floods raised questions over drainage on the development.

Coun Martin (Con) said: “I have sent some pictures to the planning officer of what was happening on Boxing Day because there was a lot of surface run off.

“It is part of my ward where the proposed housing development is going to take place and the planning committee always raises comments around drainage and I just thought it would be useful at this stage to have discussions with the developer about what is happening.”