36. Riverside strategy

Themes: Community engagement and participation; Promoting appropriate and sympathetic land management; Improving water quality and water quantity

Objectives:

  • Improve local knowledge and understanding of the river and the issues facing it
  • Increase public access to and involvement in the river
  • Promote the river as a community and educational resource
  • Promote action to reduce households' water consumption and pollution
  • Reduce flood risk
  • Improve existing wildlife corridors
  • Control or eradicate invasive non-native species
  • Increase the amount and quality of habitat
  • Reduce pollution through physical improvements around the river
  • Work together to investigate and implement solutions to manage and minimise sources of pollution
  • Educate the general public and local businesses about its role in water quality and quantity improvements

Project description

The partnership intends to pull all aspirations for our activity into a riverside strategy. An initial discussion between partners, led by the Environment Agency, has taken place and the approach supported.

The benefits of the approach are seen as:

  • Taking a strategic, place-based approach
  • Maximise the environmental, social and economic benefits of our work
  • Bring partners together to create a joint long-term vision
  • Ensure that riverside and wider development takes place in a planned and integrated way
  • Support the Government's 25 year Environment Strategy

The Environment Agency and Luton Borough Council are now identifying the first phase of work to be undertaken.

Project lead: Environment Agency

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.