Deluge of protests for Silsden flood barrier

The structure at the weir on Silsden Beck, which Val Carroll described as an eyesore (9470702)

Val Carroll at the structure at the weir on Silsden Beck, which she described as an eyesore (9470677)

Val Carroll at the structure at the weir on Silsden Beck, which she described as an eyesore (9470672)

Val Carroll at the structure at the weir on Silsden Beck, which she described as an eyesore

Val Carroll at the structure at the weir on Silsden Beck, which she described as an eyesore

Val Carroll at the structure at the weir on Silsden Beck, which she described as an eyesore

Val Carroll at the structure at the weir on Silsden Beck, which she described as an eyesore

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by

A DELUGE of protest has greeted the building of new flood defences on the banks of Silsden Beck.

Residents claim that girders forming part of the barrier are an eyesore in one of the village’s most picturesque locations.

Town councillors have hit back by saying the barrier by the ford in Kirkgate – still under construction – is essential in keeping residents safe.

They say the finished barrier will be in keeping with surrounding buildings because the metal will eventually be covered by wood, plants and a new wall.

The protests are being led by Val Carroll, of North Street, Silsden, who described the girders as an “abominable structure”.

She said: “This is one of Silsden's most attractive and much-photographed sites.This is now ruined."

Coun Andrew Mallinson, who represents Silsden on Bradford Council, said many residents had expressed concern about the look of the structure.

Town councillor Mick O’Dwyer, who is spearheading the work with Silsden Environmental Group, defended the project.

The barrier aims to stop water breaching the beck-side in heavy rain and flooding houses in adjacent St John Street.

Building materials have been funded by Keighley Area Committee and Silsden Town Council, and construction work is being carried out by Coun O’Dwyer and fellow volunteers.

He said: “We’re doing this for nothing. We’ve got lots of people shouting their mouths off about it, but if we’d paid contractors people would have shouted more.”

Coun O’ Dwyer, now in his 70s, said: “I’ve lived here all my life and I know what it’s like when it floods.

“People who live near the beck are all for the gates because it’s going to keep their properties dry.”

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4:08pm Wed 20 Aug 14

basil fawlty says...

Ah a flood of complaints
Ah a flood of complaints basil fawlty
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6:47pm Fri 22 Aug 14

YorkyBarKid says...

I have been informing Silsdeners and the Town Council for weeks now about this monstrous flood barrier. When it was first put forward by the Town Council as an idea, we were led to believe it was going to be something small that wouldn’t be obtrusive. Its disgusting the size of it, being totally out of scale. It is not in keeping with the Town Councils own Design Statement and visually offends the conservation area.
From my understanding talking to some of the folk living along St John’s Street it appears that they nor anyone else have been consulted about it. People need to see plans of whats happening so they can give comment, but none have been seen for discussion. Its not right.
I think a simple wall would have been sufficient and very likely more aesthetically pleasing. No one uses the old ford anymore, its also dangerous, so it could easily be blocked off. The Town Council need to stop this hideous project right now.
I have been informing Silsdeners and the Town Council for weeks now about this monstrous flood barrier. When it was first put forward by the Town Council as an idea, we were led to believe it was going to be something small that wouldn’t be obtrusive. Its disgusting the size of it, being totally out of scale. It is not in keeping with the Town Councils own Design Statement and visually offends the conservation area. From my understanding talking to some of the folk living along St John’s Street it appears that they nor anyone else have been consulted about it. People need to see plans of whats happening so they can give comment, but none have been seen for discussion. Its not right. I think a simple wall would have been sufficient and very likely more aesthetically pleasing. No one uses the old ford anymore, its also dangerous, so it could easily be blocked off. The Town Council need to stop this hideous project right now. YorkyBarKid
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