MP Nic Dakin joins Living Streets for environmental audit

Monday, February 25, 2013



Yesterday (Sunday, 24  February) Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin joined Living Streets local coordinator Jim Shaw and the Friends of Bottesford Beck to conduct an environmental audit of the Beck.

The audit group looked at ways to generally improve the Beck area and its access points, raise awareness of the Beck and promote it as a natural walking resource, highlight the importance of maintaining water quality, and discuss ways in which to mitigate flood risk in the future.

This Friends of Bottlesford Beck were also joined by representatives from the Environment Agency, North Lincolnshire Council, Tata Steel, Keep Britain Tidy, and Bottesford Town Council.

Another audit is planned for Sunday 3rd March at 10am starting from Vale Wood car park, Bottesford, Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin said:

“I was delighted to join Friends of Bottesford Beck for a walk along the beck assessing what needs to be done to improve it. I was dismayed to learn that Bottesford Beck, which is officially a river, is the most polluted watercourse in a region that stretches from the East Midlands to Yorkshire!"

“However I was reassured by the Friends of Bottesford Beck, they have lots of ideas and are a highly organised group. They demonstrate what can be achieved when local people take the initiative and show the way.”

“It is clear to me that with the energy and commitment of everyone who is now involved it won’t be so for long.”

Living Streets local coordinator Jim Shaw said:

“It was great to have Nic Dakin leading such a strong turnout, as well as all the different groups dedicated to improving the walking environment in Bottesford. I’d encourage any interested parties to join us for the next audit on Sunday 3rd of March.”