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Ilkley resident calls for action to tackle flooding
The Environment Agency has been called on to keep up regular maintenance of a flood-prone stream through Ilkley as wetter weather approaches.
A councillor says she will again have discussions with the agency and Bradford Council over the work needed to keep Backstone Beck free of blockages.
Debris carried downstream and rubbish dumped in the beck have blocked grates on culverts and led to flooding several times, with parts of Leeds Road and Ashlands Road being worst hit.
Talks resulted in a commitment to keep the beck well maintained. But a resident who lives nearby says grates on the beck have again become blocked, and overgrown foliage and dumped garden waste has again become a problem.
Dan Brumfitt has now contacted local councillors and written to Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins.
He said: “Contrary to what was supposed to be a co-ordinated programme with the Council, there has been absolutely nothing done.”
Ward councillor Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley) said: “Working on the logic of a stitch at time saves nine, it is only sensible to keep the grids in the beck clear. I will be in contact with EA and the Council.”
Flood and coastal risk advisor at the Environment Agency, Mark Fuller, said the agency is working with the council.
He said: “Environment Agency is working closely with Bradford Council to ensure that Backstone Beck is properly managed in order to minimise flood risk to nearby properties. This work involves regular removal of debris from the beck’s trash screen, the removal of gravel when it is known to have built up, and the management of vegetation to ensure that this does not cause an obstruction to water flow.
“We have also contacted local residents to ask them not to dispose of rubbish in the beck, and next week we are visiting the site for an inspection.
“We are confident that the measures currently being taken are sufficient in order to manage flood risk posed by the beck.”
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