Eller Beck Dredging Moves Forward

Dredging operations are currently underway at a silted section of Eller Beck, off Shortbank Road and near the popular walking area The Wilderness.

North Yorkshire county councillor Andy Solloway, who represents Skipton West, has welcomed this cleanup project: “I’ve been hassling the Environment Agency to clean up the gully behind Shortbank Road for the last two years. It’s been a battle but I’m pleased it’s finally being done.”

He added: “The area before Eller Beck goes under Shortbank Road has silted up and residents have been asking me to see if I could get it cleaned up. It’s probably been 15 years since it’s been done.”

According to the Craven Herald, a contractor for the EA uses a vacuum machine to gently suck up the silt so they don’t cause any damage to the ecosystem downstream.

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