Harrogate and Knaresborough MP submits River Nidd bathing water status bid
Nov 1, 2023
Andrew Jones MP with minister for rivers, Rebecca Pow.
Andrew Jones MP with minister for rivers, Rebecca Pow.

A bid to designate the River Nidd at Knaresborough bathing water status has been submitted to ministers.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, handed the proposal to Rebecca Pow, minister for rivers.

If designation is successful, government agencies would be obliged to take action to improve water quality at Knaresborough Lido. This would also improve water quality on a much wider stretch of the river.

The campaign to designate part of the Nidd with bathing water status comes after reports of numerous bathers falling ill last summer.

The bid has been backed by 33 organisations and businesses, such as Knaresborough Town Council, North Yorkshire Council, Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Bilton Conservation Group.

Mr Jones also worked with the Nidd Action Group, which carried out regular water testing on the River Nidd.

He said:

“This is an impressive array of local support.  

“From riverside businesses to farmers, from councils to water users, from environmental groups to nearby residents the campaign has seen an unprecedented level of backing.  

“All those people and organisations speaking with one voice is an incredibly powerful endorsement of the bid and I made that point to the minister when I handed her the bid.”

Ministers and officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will now consider the bid and a result is expected by April 30, 2024.

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