As I am sure you are aware, over the years, the River Wharfe has been cosying up steadily to the Club, encroaching on our personal space. Whilst on occasion, we dole out a guest pass to the River, their inundations leave quite a mess. Though we can’t avoid these sudden intrusions, the Club has decided to put a mark in the sand and finally put the River Wharfe in its place.
With thorough review by environmental consultants CBEC and with the strict oversight and permissions of the Environmental Agency, the riverbank reinstatement works will commence on Monday 19th April. ELMS Contracting, an environmental land management contractor has already prepared the site with the sand martin mitigation netting that the EA deemed necessary prior to any disturbance of the riverbank.
Using heavy equipment, ELMS will be reinforcing the riverbank with stone and root wads. The project should be completed by the end of May. Upon completion, frequent monitoring and ongoing maintenance will be required. The severity of the weather in the first 6-18 months will determine the amount of long-term maintenance that will be required, and with the River’s general fondness for the Club, there should be no illusion that this will not reoccur in the coming years.
For those interested in the details, please feel free to reach out to Compliance Secretary Rik Smith who has taken the helm in organising this crucial project.
PARKING CLOSURE: Please note, we will be blocking access to the west side rear parking lot (behind the squash courts) starting Monday 12th, as there will be heavy equipment going in and out of this area. The area of the closure is outlined in red. Please also be vigilant over the next few weeks of heavy machinery and vehicles on any of the access roads to the Club. Sorry for the inconvenience.
For those interested in the details of the project, please feel free to reach out to Compliance Secretary Rik Smith who has taken the helm in organising this crucial project.