The Wyke Beck Valley programme
The Wyke Beck Valley programme

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.

Keeping you informed

Constructing the defence walls (left), sheet piles being installed (middle], erosion matting on the western and eastern side of the embankment (right)
Constructing the defence walls (left), sheet piles being installed (middle], erosion matting on the western and eastern side of the embankment (right)

Progress update

We have made considerable progress on site since our last newsletter.

Erosion matting has been laid around the embankment, more sections of the defence walls have been completed and all ponds have been formed and top-soiled. Connecting channels to connect these ponds have also been dugout.

The embankment sheet piling and capping beam are now complete. In total, we installed 220 piles, each weighing in about 82kg per metre. They are also made from steel, a highly recyclable material. In fact, around 74% of our sheet piles are recycled!

Our response to Covid-19

We and our project partners have adapted our procedures in line with government guidance to keep staff and the general public safe during this time.
Thank you for keeping your distance to help stop the spread.
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Looking ahead

March 2020 (left) April 2020 (middle) May 2020 (right)
March 2020 (left) April 2020 (middle) May 2020 (right)

We are currently on track to complete the main works by the end of summer 2020.

Key tasks include:

  • Completion of footpaths
  • Full reinstatement of the beck
  • Installation of new railings
  • Amendments to the flood structure such as installing a landing platform and handrails.
  • Removal of haul road and completion of maintenance access.

Connection with the Community

A big thank you and the benefits of volunteering.
A big thank you and the benefits of volunteering.

A big thank you to the kind resident who left these yummy brownies in a safe place for our construction staff – they were delicious!

Volunteering can bring a range of benefits to your physical and mental well-being!

Landscaping

Once construction has been completed, landscaping work will begin at Killingbeck Nature Reserve and there will be lots of volunteer opportunities for residents to get involved. However, the safety of residents and our staff are our highest concern and this will only begin when it is safe to do so.

The work is another way we’re enhancing biodiversity in the area and will involve:

  • Planting of 8000 new trees. Tree species include Hazel, Oak, Small-leaved lime, Alder and Willow
  • Planting of 5000 plug plants in and around the new ponds and wetlands. This will create cover for small mammals on the water’s edge and also increase the variety of plants for pollinators.

Express your interest by emailing Gary Smith at gary.smith@ywt.org.uk.

A thank you from Jacksons Civils

As a thank you for your continued support during their time at Killingbeck Fields, Jackson Civils have offered to construct a new gazebo so that residents can enjoy the new and enhanced green space.

If you would like to give your feedback, please contact Christopher Baker-Merrills on CBakerMerrills@jackson-civils.co.uk by Monday 8th June.

Please note that during construction, the team will temporarily require some room on the resident car park to do this work.

Contact us

Email: FRM@leeds.gov.uk

Telephone: 0113 378 7304

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Project Stakeholders
Project Stakeholders

Message from Katie Dye, David Jenkins and Paul Drinkwater, Labour Councillors for Killingbeck and Seacroft.

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