Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Helping Wildlife at Rodley Nature Reserve

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Rachel visited Rodley Nature Reserve last week to learn about a project by Yorkshire Water, which is helping to improve the River Aire for Yorkshire’s wildlife.

Yorkshire Water recently completed work on a by-pass channel around the Rodley weir, which has been preventing fish from passing upstream since its construction during the industrial revolution.

The new fish pass not only makes it easy for fish to travel around the weir, but provides a whole new stretch of river habitat for Yorkshire’s freshwater wildlife

Dr Kathryn Turner, Biodiversity Advisor for Yorkshire Water, explained that the company was working hard to improve the region’s rivers. She said, “Yorkshire's long industrial history has meant that many of Yorkshire's rivers have man made obstacles such as pipes and weirs in them. They prevent migratory fish such as salmon travelling to and from their breeding grounds."

Visiting the site Rachel Reeves MP said, “It’s great to see Yorkshire Water investing in projects like this which help to improve the local environment. Rodley Nature Reserve is a popular site for local people."

During the visit Rachel also discussed Yorkshire Water’s investment plans for 2015 to 2020, which were recently submitted to industry regulator Ofwat for approval.

Rachel said, “It is good hear that Yorkshire Water is continuing to invest in the things that matter to customers and I was particularly pleased that they have recognised the need to keep customer’s bills low. Many people are struggling with the Tory cost-of-living crisis, and knowing that their water bills will be kept in line with inflation until 2020 will be a real boost.”

More information about the work at Rodley can be found at http://www.yorkshirewater.com/our-environment/biodiversity/river-restoration-programme.aspx

The Reserve is open to members of the public 1000 to 1600hrs every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

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