Cllr Ryk Downes

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Weir plans moving forward

by rykdownes on 19 January, 2016

On Friday last week Councillors Colin Campbell and Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) attended a meeting with developers, planners and the Environment Agency to discuss construction of Garnett Wharfe’s hydro-electric facility and the restoration of the weir following recent floods.
The developers built a temporary dam in order to work on the weir to cope with the movement of water from the hydro-electric facility. This dam was badly damaged in the high water levels early last December. Repairs were then delayed due to the Boxing Day floods.
Residents have voiced concerns about the state of the site, the damage caused by the flooding and the length of time for the scheme to restart.
However, now work is ready to resume on the much-anticipated project, which will see green energy pumped into the National Grid and several ecological plans such as measures to accommodate wildlife and a fish pass.
Cllr Downes said: “There have been a number of concerns expressed about the project from local residents and we asked for a meeting so all parties could explain what will be happening, particularly following the floods of the last few weeks.” 
Cllr Campbell added: “There have been continued delays but these have not proved too serious. 
“Work should start in the very near future to provide a dry area for the construction of the hydro building and fish pass. When this is completed, the developers will start to repair and replace the weir which will be resurfaced, using either the old stone setts or new ones if need be.
“Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer.” 


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