It was a Full House

A full house came to listen to Professor David Rhodes about his ideas regarding flooding in and around the Menston area. The Alternative Menston Web  site gives a full report.

Please click on the links below for Reports used by Professor David Rhodes in

FLOODING – a novel solution!     Tuesday 26th April 2016

Ref. 1      BradfordDistrictLocalFloodRiskManagementStrategy

Ref. 2     Independent review – Menston flooding problems

Ref. 3    FLOODING REPORT MPDBI 5th June 2015 with Appendices

Ref.4    DRAFT 5A Constraints on Water Run-Off JDR + G Dixon Paper

Ref.5   Proof of Evidence

Ref. 6   Full report_JDR_April 2014 – final

Ref. 7  abstraction-reform-govt-response

Prevention is better than cure

Letter published in the press by Dr Steve Ellams


I refer to the front pages of both the Ilkley Gazette and the Wharfedale Observer dated March 31 2016.

An up to date publication regarding flooding and drainage issues from Bradford MDC has just been published (Local Flood Risk Management Strategy).

I would like to point out from Addingham to Menston various groups from Parish Councils to Action Groups have been pointing out serious concerns about the lack of joined up thinking when it comes to flood risk.

There are examples in the District of serious shortfalls in planning controls leading to developments being blighted. In addition where there are old Victorian combined sewers, in some circumstances these cannot cope now and most certainly will not be able to cope with proposed large scale developments.

I quote from this latest document:

 “National Flood Management has previously been managed in a disjointed way.  Flooding from rivers (fluvial) has passed between successive Government agencies, whilst land drainage and sewer flooding has been managed in a variety of combinations on Local Authorities and public and private water companies.  The blurring of boundaries for responsibilities and uncoordinated actions of different risk management authorities has resulted in a failure to provide consistent and coordinated actions in response to local flooding events.”

I have, with many others, been in dialogue with all of the agencies who are likely to have some input regarding flooding and drainage. The buck passing is quite extraordinary!  Is it not time for someone to get a grip, particularly on the health risks regarding sewer flooding which is now becoming a regular event.

It is a well-known fact the pollution in our streams occurs on a regular basis and that the odd failure at a treatment plant is no longer the reason. According to an OFWAT report on New Housing Developments they voiced concerns about additional new housing without making provision for suitable drains and making sure existing sewerage systems could deal with the extra load.  They also pointed out problems have become worse since new developments have been built and overloaded the sewerage system and concluded that sewerage flooding had been a problem for the past 10 years and was probably due to extra building of houses in an area.

Just like any other problem in life, prevention is better than cure. This means that considerable re-plumbing of sewer systems to allow for large scale developments must be a priority and thereby reduce the risk.  The infrastructure must be able to withstand large scale developments which is certainly, in my opinion, not the case in the Bradford district.

What a fantastic Village Community evening

Congratulations to all took part but in the words of the Good Old Days compare Lenard Sackes

“but chiefly yourselves”.

There was a little apprehension beforehand, would no one come? would too many come? in the end it was perfect with every seat taken, relegating the MAG team to the kitchen.

Several of the choir said what truly a super audience, which had freely responded to the excellent singing and choice of programme with the most amusing introductions between songs.

The evening was intended as a free thank you for village support over the last 6 years with a raffle to hopefully recover some of the costs.  So with an invitation “if you had enjoyed yourselves and were moved to give a donation to the MAG future expenses the opportunity was there”.

You could measure the success of the evening by the 86 members of the audience, buying raffle tickets and donating to the extent they raised £500 for the MAG funds, not forgetting the choir purchasing so many of the raffle tickets we almost recovered their costs with their generosity.

We also must not forget to thank some stars

Those who missed most of the evening, preparing and serving from the kitchen, doing the washing up and selling raffle tickets etc.

And the members of the Methodist Church who helped setting up and clearing away the tables and chairs


So we may have to call the choir back so we can say thank you for your response to the thank you.

Limited seating so don’t be late

Next Saturday the 16th in the Methodist Church Hall is MAG’s thank you to the village for your support over the last 6 years.

We are keeping weather eye on the future of Bingley Road and any issues with the Chartford homes drainage scheme, so there is just the next stage of the Derry Hill Judicial review to be held by three Judges around July this year that could empty the MAG purse. This evening is free with just a Lucky Dip Raffle £1 a strip (prizes below) but we hope you enjoy yourselves so much that you’ll not be able to stop yourself from leaving behind a folding donation (that includes cheques) to help out with the costs in London.



£10 voucher towards personal printing


Small Print

Voucher towards free papers Village News
2 course meal for two – not fry up Menston Arms
Selection of preserves Village Bakery
Full car valet JCT Menston
Unisex hair cut Angie Barbers Shop, Otley
Cream tea for two Bleach Mill House
Up to 5 mile free journey Ride Away Taxis
Hair appointment Hair by Charles
1 hour free tax health check K P Bonney & Co
Afternoon tea and cakes for two Solo
1 years membership for a couple Menstone Sports & Social Club

Thank you to all the above business for their kind generosity

 Don’t forget

FLOODING – a novel solution!

A public meeting is to be held at Kirklands, Menston at 7.30pm


Tuesday 26th April 2016

FLOODING – a novel solution!

A public meeting is to be held at Kirklands, Menston at 7.30pm

on Tuesday 26th April 2016

Professor David Rhodes CBE, FRS, FR Eng will illustrate, explain and answer questions on his novel solution to Flooding reduction, for which he has submitted a patent application!

All are welcome.

This will be an opportunity for all concerned with FLOODING to hear at first hand some of the solutions.

A new cost-effective technique is proposed for the management of water flow from the upper rainfall catchment areas which has a minimal effect upon water capture into reservoirs whilst increasing the daily baseline flow of water into the rivers. By achieving this objective, when prolonged rainfall events occur, the peak flows both overland and in the rivers will be reduced.

Such a solution will be described with supporting evidence to illustrate why it will achieve the desired objectives.

The presentation will be of interest to environmental technical officers, politicians and the public alike.

Please circulate this invitation widely.

An email confirming your attendance would help in the organisation and be appreciated.

This meeting is being held under the auspices of Menston Parish Council.