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Progress made for Ilkley River Wharfe campaigners

Progress made for Ilkley River Wharfe campaigners

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:24am 21st February 2020.

A meeting held last night saw discussions held regarding sewage being spilled into the River Wharfe. 

  • The Ilkley Clean River Group held a public meeting
  • They're concerned about the amount of sewage entering the River Wharfe
  • They want to make it a designated bathing site.

An Ilkley Town Meeting was held last night with residents, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency, the MP and Town Mayor in attendance looking to secure a solution to the issue of raw sewage discharges into the Wharfe. 

The Ilkley Clean River Group has been raising concerns about the amount of sewage being released from the treatment works on Ashlands Road near the suspension bridge.

It was announced that Yorkshire Water is bringing forward their investigation regarding what has happened.

  • Before the meeting, a Yorkshire Water spokesperson said:

"We continue to have a constructive relationship with the Ilkley Clean Rivers Group and support their application to achieve bathing water designation for the River Wharfe, which would make it the first inland bathing water in the country.

"If achieved, we, like other stakeholders would need to make changes to maintain the designation, this would focus on the capacity of the combined sewer network which has been designed to deal with both foul and surface water."

  • An Environment Agency spokesperson said:


    "The Environment Agency is in discussion with Ilkley Clean River Campaign and Ilkley Town Council regarding Yorkshire Water's Ilkley Wastewater Treatment Works.

    "We frequently assess operations at the Ilkley treatment works against the conditions of its environmental permit, which is designed to protect people and the environment. We have secured extra funding for additional chemical and biological monitoring upstream and downstream of the works. At the end of this 12-month sampling period, we will review the evidence to assess if any further investigations or actions are necessary to protect the environment.

    "We would encourage anybody who sees untreated sewage in any part of the river to report it to our incident hotline number 0800 80 70 60 so that we may investigate."