Pickering flood defence decision expected

Pickering experienced severe floods in June 2007 Credit: ITV

Plans to improve flood defences in a North Yorkshire town are expected to be approved today despite objections from a heritage railway system.

Environment Agency proposals to build a series of dams in Pickering will be debated by North Yorkshire County Council this afternoon.

Planning officials say the scheme should be approved after millions of pounds worth of damage was caused by four major floods in the town between 1999 and 2007.

However, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has objected to the plans for new embankments around Pickering Beck, saying construction work will disrupt its main tourist season.