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Consultation on Pudsey and Wortley Beck flood prevention ideas enters final 10 days – have your say

People living in Pudsey, Farnley and Wortley are being urged to take part in the final 10 days of a public consultation examining initial ideas to tackle the flooding of a local beck.

As previously reported last month, Leeds City Council’s flood risk management team is currently working with the Environment Agency to assess the flood risk in the area, following flooding in both Troydale and on the ring road at Wortley in recent years.

Troydale, in Pudsey, suffers from flooding at the bridge.

Early proposals include a possible flood storage area upstream and downstream of Roker Lane, alongside a potential flood wall at Troydale Lane Bridge.

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Other ideas include a replacement bridge at Corn Mill Court, flood walls on the left hand side of the beck leading towards Farnley Reservoir, and a potential increase in the capacity of Farnley Reservoir by lowering outfall levels and possibly increasing the dam and embankment levels.

Further flood storage could also be installed downstream of Farnley Balancing Reservoir to help prevent flooding in Wortley. This would include a control structure to reduce the flow passed downstream and embankments to store floodwater.

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Farnley Balancing Reservoir. Photo: John Baron

At yesterday’s Outer West Community Committee meeting at Pudsey Civic Hall, Councillor Mark Sewards (Lab, Farnley & Wortley) welcomed the consultation, and said it was important to the 50 households who had experienced flooding and the 200 or so which were at risk.

“There may not have been wide uptake on the consultation so far, but I know the ones who care really care about this issue and it’s important their voices are heard,” Cllr Sewards added.

A council spokesperson said: “We are continuing to progress with our project to develop a flood alleviation scheme at Wortley Beck. As part of this we are undertaking a public engagement exercise on the long list of options identified.

“At this stage this is an online exercise as we are at an early stage of optioneering, we are looking to take back the results of feedback and incorporate this into further design work leading to an in-person event in the area around January 2023.

“Residents and businesses close to the long-listed options will be notified by post this week and following this the website will be launched more widely through social media.”

People’s thoughts on the proposals – plus any other ideas – are welcome. The consultation runs until 16 September 2022.

Details of the wider consultation can be found here and the map of possible improvements between Troydale and Wortley can be found here.

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