The Environment Agency and Leeds City Council have been working together for the last 18 months to come up with their outline proposals and these are laid out in this leaflet.
This is an interesting scheme, for at least three reasons:
- because of firstly the size (potentially £100 million)
- that they have taken a ‘whole catchment’ approach in which possible measure well upstream of Leeds have been explored and
- that ‘Natural Flood Management’methods, such as tree planting, land management, leaky dams etc have been considered.
The Aire Rivers trust has already been involved in a network of catchment-wide stakeholders put together to help inform the proposals and we look forward to the detail being released in due course. A scheme as big as this will inevitably have some short-term effects in the locale of the work and so we will be seeking appropriate compensatory and enhancement work to maintain and improve the river.
Meanwhile, you might want to read the leaflet and see what the proposals contain.