Ofwat visit to Ilkley catalyses real progress in cleaning up the river

Ilkley Clean River Group welcomed the Ofwat Chair Jonson Cox, and CEO David Black for a visit to Ilkley to secure the town's ambition to clean up the Wharfe at Ilkley.

After a tour of the area, meeting local residents to hear their concerns about the town's engagement in finding solutions to the pollution, and the persistent pollution incidents. They met with Ilkley Town Mayor Cllr Mark Stidworthy to understand the town's experience of trying to secure a better environment for local people and visitors.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Stidworthy said: "I would like to thank Ofwat for listening to Ilkley residents' views and giving them the respect they deserve. Their visit left no doubt as to the depth of knowledge and concern we have for our local environment, and how we wish to be involved in protecting and enhancing it for future gene rations."

The group was then joined by Keighley and Ilkley MP Robbie Moore, Oliver Stanton Environment Agency Regional Director, Liz Barber, CEO and Lee Pitcher, Director of Partnerships to agree how to progress the clean up of the river.