10:00am Sunday 10th March 2013
Young people and environmental campaigners in Silsden are joining together to stop potential flooding.
They have applied for cash to build a mini-flood barrier near the bridge across Silsden Beck at Kirkgate.
The barrier would be in the form of a gate at an opening in the wall, which allows people down to the beck to feed ducks.
It would be closed in heavy rain, stopping excess water escaping the beck and running along St John Street.
The main aim is to avoid flooding in a row of cottages that front onto the beck by the bridge.
The barrier is a joint scheme by Silsden Youth Council and Silsden Environmental Group. They have applied for £2,500 from Keighley Area Committee's budget for environmental measures and committee members were due to decide on the application last night (Wednesday).
Town and district councillor Adrian Naylor said: “The floodgate would make the wall continuous and block off any water.
“Water also seeps through the wall so that would be repointed, and stones that have washed down the beck will be moved.”
Members of Silsden Environmental Group regularly walk along the beck to check for damage, blockages and other potential problems.
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