Protecting The Wharfe & Ilkley Environment
Open Town Meeting
What more can be done so our Town can have a clean River? What else are we doing in Ilkley to protect our environment?
This meeting is a chance to find out more about the issues and also see what we can do as a community. Anyone is welcome.
5.30pm An Overview - of the groups working in Ilkley on the sustainability of our environment
6.00pm The Ilkley Sustainability Plan
6.10pm What is happening to our River? The key issues presented.
6.20pm Q&A with the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water.
6.30pm How our representatives are helping us.
Response from the Town Council, John Grogan MP and campaigners.
6.40pm Town Discussion
What more can we do together in Ilkley? You can join a discussion on the river and water; on the sustainability plan or any other issue you think really matters.
7.15pm Ideas for our town.
7.30pm Close and thanks
Residents in Ilkley have been working together to improve our local environment, from reducing our use of plastics, to campaigning to stop raw sewage being discharged into our river. One key action is the addition of a sustainability section to our Neighbourhood Plan, to secure a better local environment including:
Clean water in our taps and river
Protecting and enhancing our natural environment on the moor and in our parks
Encouraging renewable energy
Reducing carbon and having clean air
The group trying to protect our river has, working with the Town Council, made some progress in securing some ugrades to the local sewage plant.
There is definitely more that the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water can do, but we can also do our part as a community.
You will have seen in the local press and social media how concerned Ilkley and Burley residents are about the impact of contaminated water on our wildlife and people and animals swimming in the river. This meeting is a chance to find out more about the issues and also see what we can do as a community to prevent it.
As well as discussing the issue of a clean river, the meeting is also a chance to find out about other local schemes to support our environment and to hear about and contribute to the Ilkley Sustainability Plan.
You can find out more at our campaign blog