The Rodley Nature Reserve is likely to be affected significantly by the above scheme.
The proposals involve the construction of a moveable weir at the scrubland end of the Reserve together with a widening of the river bank. This weir will be lifted at times of flood conditions to slow down the flow of the river and protect downstream locations by utilising the Reserve to store flood water. The affect will be to increase depth of water across the Reserve upto 2m higher than that experienced in December 2015. However, we have to accept that floods will occasionally occur naturally with or without the Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS)
The Trust is preparing a response to the Environment Agency/Leeds City Council in the hope that alternative water storage sites can be found. However, we will be negotiating with the scheme designers to try and ensure the least possible damage to the Reserve and ensure the maximum protection of the site for wildlife and its visitors.
In the meantime we would value your input into the consultation process to help inform decisions based on the value of the Reserve to wildlife, wellbeing, education and the community as a whole. Copies of the FAS Consultation Leaflet and Questionnaire is available in the Visitor Centre at the Reserve or from the LCC FAS website
Unfortunately electronic responses to the questionnaire are not possible but comments on the proposals can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org