Leeds flood defence work starts

Construction has begun on a £50M flood defence scheme in Leeds.

Gates will be built to control the flow of the river Aire; an island between the river and a canal will be removed; and raised defences will be created.

The project will protect more than 150 businesses and reduce the potential disruption of flooding for 3,000 city centre flats.

Leeds City Council and the private sector have contributed to the cost of the scheme, alongside £35M from central government.

Environment secretary Owen Paterson said: “In addition to protecting existing homes and businesses we expect to see a substantial number of new jobs created in Leeds over the next 10 years so it is vital we invest in infrastructure to protect the area.

“We are spending more than ever before to protect our economy from the risk of flooding and this new defence will do exactly that.”

More information

DEFRA/Ministerial Press Release (Owen Paterson) 24-Apr-2014 www.gov.uk

Flood Alleviation Scheme www.leeds.gov.uk including visualisation images and a YouTube flythrough visualisation video (2:48) (n.b. travelling upstream)

Scheme leaflet www.leeds.gov.uk (PDF 3.5MB)