Craven flood work plans move a step nearer

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton

Plans for £10 million flood defences to protect Skipton have been submitted to Craven District Council.

The Environment Agency project will reduce flood risk from Eller Beck and Waller Hill Beck and is designed to protect more than 500 homes and businesses.

Work should take two years and take place in the town and on its outskirts.

The scheme has already received £7.6 million funding from the government, and the leader of Craven Council, Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton, has announced a further £2 million from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The project will involve the creation of two flood storage areas upstream of Skipton – across Eller Beck at Skipton Golf Course, and across Waller Hill Beck between the A65 and Otley Road.

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