A meeting has been held between partners to ascertain the potential for a wider project on York’s tributaries, including Tang Hall Beck, Osbaldwick Beck and the River Foss, to mitigate the impact of some of the straightened and culverted stretches on ecology. Partners include York Council’s Flood Risk and Biodiversity Teams, The Environment Agency, Friends of St Nicks and local volunteer organizations.

Friends of St Nicks are keen to lead on this project with support from the Network and we need more support from our partners. The EA are carrying out an updated Flood Study for the Foss and Ouse and the flooding impact of creating meanders or opening culverts will considered as part of the study. Note the Study will not look into whether it is technically feasible to do the works.

We feel as a partnership we could start investigating feasibility in 2015/16 subject to funding and the outcome of the Flood Study which should be completed in March 2015. A further meeting is to be held in the new year to discuss driving the project forward together. The EA are investigating sources of government funding for the project in the long term but it is unlikely we will obtain any for 2015/16.