OTLEY’S MP has been given an update on the progress of the town’s Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The project, funded by £2 million of government money and led by Leeds City Council, began after the town suffered severe flooding in 2015.

Outline designs are now being developed with the options being considered including flood defence walls, flood defence embankments, maintenance and riverbank realignment.

MP Alex Sobel (Lab, Leeds North West) was shown the plans when he met council officers and Environment Agency representatives last week. He said: “It was great to be able to sit down and really get into the detail of this scheme. Having fought alongside the council to make sure Otley sees the money promised by the Government, it is brilliant to be able to see the scheme in its final stages.

“The plans will be presented to residents over the coming months. I believe residents will be satisfied that the planned scheme will mitigate the risks of flooding that has plagued Otley.

“I was also keen to ensure that any new infrastructure would be in keeping with the aesthetics of the town and I am pleased that this seems to have been adhered to.”