Andrew Percy MP

Andrew Percy MP

Member of Parliament for Brigg & Goole and the Isle of Axholme

Yorkshire Water Update - Compensation & Community Fund

Andrew has provided the following update on the water pressure issues that have impacted the Goole area.

Andrew reports, "I met with Yorkshire Water again today to discuss the issues that have affected the Goole area since the water tower was taken out of use a couple of weeks ago. Here is the latest:-

Current Situation

"As explained previously, the original burst in East Cowick was fixed two weeks ago, but to ensure water quality the 2-foot main pipe that supplies the area could not be switched back on until the 7-mile stretch had been flushed and cleaned. Despite the 2-foot main being back in action, there continued to be problems which prompted Yorkshire Water to install the pressure control valve near the water tower, which was done last weekend. I am aware of a number of bursts earlier this week, which Yorkshire Water explained were anticipated.

"The water tower is expected to be back in use in the next few days, however I understand water pressure has now returned to normal for the majority of residents. Please do let me know if you experience any problems.


"Today I spoke with them about their compensation scheme and they have firstly explained that there was some miscommunication regarding the £25 payment cap. While applications will still be assessed on a case-by-case basis, I am assured those badly affected will be entitled to payments greater than £25. Any residents wishing to make a claim are asked to do so via Yorkshire Water’s general enquires form at:-

"Yorkshire Water tell me that any claims already submitted and/or granted will be reassessed. For any businesses impacted, the process for applying for compensation is a little different in that payments will be judged against loss of earnings.

Community Grant Pot

I have also been able to secure from Yorkshire Water a commitment to set up a fund to make small grants to local community groups, charities, good causes etc. This is similar to what we set up over a decade ago when the Carr Lane Pumping Station caused flooding to many streets and homes.

The principle of this is not to replace any of the personal compensation residents can make, but it is an additional scheme to show gratitude to the town for putting up with the inconvenience this has caused. The grant pot will be about £10,000 and once we have the details of how to apply etc I will share these. We have all been inconvenienced to a lesser and greater extent by this situation and at least one positive out of it will be that some local good causes will benefit from this fund.

If anybody would like more information regarding any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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