Mum 'outraged' at plans to turn Sheffield park into huge floodplain

Mum Michelle Mullins is 'outraged' at plans to build flood defences in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Picture: Dan Hobson.
Mum Michelle Mullins is 'outraged' at plans to build flood defences in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Picture: Dan Hobson.
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An outraged mum has criticised proposals to turn a Sheffield park into a huge floodplain - claiming it would be 'devastating' to the area.

Michelle Mullins, aged 42, claims she only learned about plans to turn Endcliffe Park, Ecclesall, into a flood storage basin when a neighbour posted a letter through her door this week.

Mum Michelle Mullins is 'outraged' at plans to build flood defences in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Picture: Dan Hobson.

Mum Michelle Mullins is 'outraged' at plans to build flood defences in Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. Picture: Dan Hobson.

She has now dubbed a city-wide consultation proposals by Sheffield Council - which ends on October 31 - as 'flawed' .

Michelle said: "I think it is outrageous to turn Endlciffe Park into a floodplain which is big enough to hold 16 Olympic swimming pools worth of water.

"But what's more outrageous is this cloak and dagger consultation. The council can't simply post things on Twitter and call it a consultation.

"Why haven't residents near the park received letters? Why isn't there one single poster in the park alerting people to the consultation?

"It's disgraceful. I don't think the council actually want residents to know. I am outraged."

She added: "This park is loved by so many people. Not only could it be dangerous to be full with so much water, it would have a devastating effect on wildlife and the park itself."

According to the council consultation, Endcliffe Park is 'being considered' as a location for temporary flood storage, which could hold enough water to fill 16 Olympic swimming pools.

It is one of six schemes in an £83 million project to protect the city from flooding.

The consultation states: "A new embankment would be constructed alongside the Porter Brook, that would hold back water for a short period during significant storm events."

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment, said: “We are committed to protecting the city from flooding.

“We are asking for people’s views on a number of options. But it’s worth stressing that these are only options, no decisions have been made, and it’s really important for people to have their say on how to protect the city from flooding in the future.

“We have had over 700 responses to the consultation and over 90 per cent of respondents agree with our suggestions to protect communities from flooding.

“This consultation is in the first stage of gathering feedback from the public. We will look to gather people’s views again when we have more details on the proposals.”

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