Many of these weirs have collapsed or been removed, such as Lower Newlay Weir. This is usually the ideal outcome for the river.YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE >
However the weirs at Saint Anne’s Mill and Burley Mill proved to be unsuitable candidates for this.
Burley Mills weir, the furthest downstream of the two weirs, is a Grade 2 listed structure and St Ann’s Mills still stands on the edge of the weir.
The Aire Rivers Trust worked with the landowners, Leeds City Council, and other stakeholders to secure both funding and support for the installation of fish passes at both sites. The designs chosen were robust, low maintenance and sympathetic to the historic nature of the sites. Trustees from the Aire Rivers Trust worked with designers Fishtek and Baileys Contracts on what would be the first of many fish pass builds.
Both fish passes were completed in 2015.