Flood scheme

Leeds Council unveils major flood alleviation scheme

A key flood alleviation scheme was officially unveiled in east Leeds yesterday (Aug 5) as part of a £4.75m programme to benefit local economy and environment.

The scheme, in the Wyke Beck valley, will work to protect homes in the area with a new flooding control structure and flood storage in Killingbeck Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

The partnership between Leeds City council, the Environment Agency and West Yorkshire Combined Authority will bring increased protection to properties downstream of Killingbeck Meadows, reducing the flood risk and supporting development of new brownfield housing, job creation and inclusive growth.

"Residents will also benefit from the enhanced green space which is so important for our health and well-being."

New ponds and seasonal wetlands will provide natural flood storage, while boosting wildlife, woodland and wildflower, following planting set to take place over the coming months. And this enhanced green space will also benefit from over 8000 trees planted across the Wyke Beck catchment.

£2.6m in funding for the project came through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Environment and active lifestyles said:

“We are delighted that the scheme at Killingbeck Meadows is now complete. This will undoubtedly bring greater reassurance to families and businesses downstream who have experienced the devastating effects of flooding first-hand.

“I would like to personally thank everyone who has been part of its development and delivery. The extent of partnership working has been truly phenomenal and it is down to the creativity and collaboration of the people involved that has led to such a rich and multi-beneficial programme of works. It will make a real difference to the community in east Leeds in many different ways.”

Image: Leeds City Council 

PSE

PSE April/ May 2024

Alarming decline in UK costal water quality

Dive into our latest edition for April/May 2024!

 

More articles...

View all
Online Conference

Presenting

2024 Online Conferences

In partnership with our community of public sector leaders responsible for procurement and strategy across local authorities and the wider public sector, we’ve devised a collaborative calendar of conferences and events for leaders of industry to listen, learn and collaborate through engaging and immersive conversation.

All our conferences are CPD accredited, which means you can gain points to advance your career by attending our online conferences. Also, the contents are available on demand so you can re-watch at your convenience.

Public Sector Executive Podcast

Listen to industry leaders on everything within the public sector

From government policies and public administration to education, healthcare, and infrastructure, we explore the challenges and innovations shaping our communities.

 

Join us as we speak with industry leaders, policymakers, and frontline professionals, providing you with valuable insights and perspectives to stay informed and engaged with the issues that matter most.