THE around £100,000 rebuilding of a section of wall next to the riverbank in Gargrave will hopefully be completed by the end of August, says the parish council.

Gargrave Parish Council applied to the Public Loans Board for a loan of £75,000 to add to its own funds to rebuild the wall, which after starting to fail over the previous year, finally collapsed in the River Aire last winter.

The council spent more than a year working with the Environment Agency and a structural engineer to prepare the necessary plans for its contractor to work with and to carry out a replacement structure.

Loan repayments will be made from council funds and the council expects no increase to its parish precept of £46,000.

The Environment Agency only allows work to take place between March 25 and September 30.

The parish council hopes the work will be completed by the end of August, weather permitting.