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Hempholme and Wilfholme pumping stations are located between Driffield and Beverley in East Yorkshire, and drain low lying agricultural areas into the River Hull. It has been identified that the existing pumping stations need to be refurbished as their current asset life is limited and the pumps are likely to fail in the near future.

The Hempholme and Wilfholme Pumping Stations currently serve to reduce flood risk by pumping water from the lower level drainage system into the River Hull.




The pumping stations are currently owned and managed by the Environment Agency (EA). As part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy, the EA stated their intention to remove the maintenance programmes and cease operating the pumping stations as they are approaching the end of their asset life and serve agricultural land only.

The Local Growth Fund will be used as a contribution towards the refurbishment of the pumping stations to ensure that they provide a reliable means of lifting surface water in the lower level land drainage system into the high level system. This will include the purchase and installation of new pumping units with associated control gear and the refurbishment of some existing equipment where appropriate. This capital investment will also reduce the ongoing operation costs by introducing more efficient dry weather pumps.


Project Dates

August 1, 2018 - March 31, 2021

Project Sponsor

East Riding of Yorkshire Council


Hempholme and Wilfholme (River Hull Catchment), East Yorkshire.


Profiled Achieved overall – up to end of Q4 20/21
LGF Spend £  840,000.00 £   840,000.00
Private Spend £  360,000.00 £   136,025.00


  Profiled Achieved overall – up to end of Q4 20/21
Safeguarded jobs 40 27
Construction jobs 13 13
Area of land with reduced flood risk (ha) 348 232

Approval Status

Business case approved

Delivery Status


Last updated: April 4, 2022

All locations are approximate.

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