The Wyke Beck Valley programme aims to provide enhanced flood risk management in East Leeds and at the same time provide enriched green spaces for the communities along the valley.
Work has been progressing at Killingbeck Fields to provide naturalised flood management through the construction of a flood defence wall and associated embankment, the creation of a range of habitats increasing biodiversity on the site, and improved pedestrian access around the reserve.
Here’s an update from the team on site:
‘The project is progressing well, we expect to achieve key project milestones as planned.
The access track is now complete and the whole site is secured by Heras fence. We have taken on board feedback received from locals dropping in and we are now maintaining the access through site at the highest point.
This access will be open when the site is closed.
Please could pedestrians respect the fence when it is closed, heavy plant accesses the track during site operation, so it is vital security is maintained.
We have also established bio-security measures on site. To protect the existing ecology, we’ve worked hard to minimise the project’s impact on this sensitive area.
We are now looking to utilise site won material within the main works. Using clay already found on site to form ponds and bunds, this will minimise the amount of vehicles arriving and leaving site, thus reducing environmental impact.
We have progressed the permanent footpath through the footprint of the reservoir and we will shortly be commencing the bulk earthworks operations. The site office is open during weekdays from 0700 – 1700 and we welcome the public to drop in with feedback.’