Opening up the River Lea in Luton?

Affinity Water has announced new works to improve the environment of the River Lea in Luton.

Wednesday, 5th April 2017, 5:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:26 pm

Works are due to take place at Manor Road Park this autumn.

The company stated: “We have been working with the Environment Agency and Luton Borough Council to agree a proposal to improve the habitat and flow of the river. This will help to increase numbers of fish, invertebrates and plants, as well as creating a recreational space for everyone to enjoy the river.”

Currently, the River Lea flows along the eastern edge of Manor Road Park in a deep, restricted channel. The riverbed is concrete and the river runs between concrete walls or steps with metal railings.

The way the river flows also means that silt covers the natural gravels, which makes it harder for fish and other creatures to thrive.

Planned works include:

By doing this, Affinity Water hopes to improve the biodiversity of the river to support a better variety of plants and creatures in the water and on the river banks.

It also hopes to reduce the risk of flooding, make the river safer and provide a pleasant and usable space for residents.

Public consultations are ongoing about what will happen to the children’s play area nearby and Affinity Water is encouraging resident to attend to a drop-in session on April 12 about the plans.

You can also fill in a questionnaire here.