Bradford community urged to back the Beck

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Barney Lerner (left) and Michael Canning in the Bradford Beck near Cemetery Road, Bradford Barney Lerner (left) and Michael Canning in the Bradford Beck near Cemetery Road, Bradford

The next step in a massive project to breathe new life into Bradford Beck will involve members of the public giving their views on a number of potential projects.

The key findings and results of months of surveys and investigations on the beck will be unveiled at an event tomorrow along with the possible future programmes to take the project forward.

The Aire Rivers Trust is devising a management plan to improve the 11km beck as it works towards targets set by the European Water Framework Directive which aims to clean up and help protect water courses, with a focus on ecology.

Analysis of water samples taken throughout the year by volunteers at 21 locations have revealed the water is still of poor ecological quality.

And while project manager Michael Canning said the results were not as bad as they could have been, they have shown that pollution from illegitimate connections of sewers into surface water drainage is reaching the streams.

Mr Canning said the results will be revealed at two “agreement” events at Saltaire Methodist Church tomorrow.

He said: “This is basically the final consultation event. We are presenting all the information we have gathered in the last year.

“In essence we want to get people’s understandings and feelings towards a collection of potential programmes which would look at benefiting and improving things such as the water quality at the beck and its tributaries into the future.

“These things are not funded and, of course, because of the circumstances we live in now with public funding becoming ever smaller, we have to be very creative in the way these things get to be funded.

“The plans for the next phase include a renaturalisation scheme, which would consider bringing sections of the beck back to a more natural state, and a scheme of information, interpretation and signage, which would help identify where the becks are, explain their history and remove old contamination signs.”

Elsewhere the project could develop a Love Your River initiative, introducing litterpicks and waterway and tributary protection, along with a scheme to develop nature trails along the beck.

Mr Canning said: “These are rough ideas at the moment.

“It’s also important because it reminds people that these little river systems are there and they are actually a really important part of the landscape – this has shaped Bradford.”

The sessions will take place from 3pm to 5.30pm, for industrial stakeholders and associated professionals, and 7pm to 8.30pm for the wider public.

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12:05pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Joedavid says...

Is the Odeon and City Park safe from this beck these days?
Is the Odeon and City Park safe from this beck these days? Joedavid

1:36pm Tue 20 Nov 12

RuggerTyke says...

Well we've unearthed the drainage pipes in the form of a 'pond' so surely something can be done here.
Well we've unearthed the drainage pipes in the form of a 'pond' so surely something can be done here. RuggerTyke

2:18pm Tue 20 Nov 12

mad matt says...

I think you'll find that the beck runs under the new buildings where the job centre used to be, between Aldermanbury and the park.
I think you'll find that the beck runs under the new buildings where the job centre used to be, between Aldermanbury and the park. mad matt

2:37pm Tue 20 Nov 12

del949 says...

the beck can't be that polluted, I used to see trout swimming in it at the bottom of my garden until I left Bradford.
Heavy rain at Denholme/Thornton used to bring a lot of pollution down but it soon cleared.
the beck can't be that polluted, I used to see trout swimming in it at the bottom of my garden until I left Bradford. Heavy rain at Denholme/Thornton used to bring a lot of pollution down but it soon cleared. del949

3:14pm Tue 20 Nov 12

flashdonut says...

del949 wrote:
the beck can't be that polluted, I used to see trout swimming in it at the bottom of my garden until I left Bradford.
Heavy rain at Denholme/Thornton used to bring a lot of pollution down but it soon cleared.
It is not that bad till you get to city centre.
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You mention bottom of your garden, you must be ex Middlebrook? There's still trout about. And even Roe Deer get spooted at Middlebrook these days.
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But there's a lot more to do.
[quote][p][bold]del949[/bold] wrote: the beck can't be that polluted, I used to see trout swimming in it at the bottom of my garden until I left Bradford. Heavy rain at Denholme/Thornton used to bring a lot of pollution down but it soon cleared.[/p][/quote]It is not that bad till you get to city centre. . You mention bottom of your garden, you must be ex Middlebrook? There's still trout about. And even Roe Deer get spooted at Middlebrook these days. . But there's a lot more to do. flashdonut

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