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Yorkshire Water gets its show on the road in Nidderdale

[Wednesday 02 August 2006]

STAFF from Yorkshire Water will be out and about over the second half of the summer, as they meet tenants and the public to talk about the company's role in the countryside at agricultural shows, including a popular event in the Yorkshire Dales.

scar house
Yorkshire Water's Scar House Reservoir on the moors above
Pateley Bridge

As guardian of an estimated 72,000 acres, Yorkshire Water is among the largest landowners in the Yorkshire region with catchments largely in the Pennines, from the Yorkshire Dales in the north to the Peak District in the south.

The company's tenants and the general public will be able to find out more about its policies and role in the countryside, from a team visiting agricultural shows across the region, including the Nidderdale show in September.

The company has had a presence at shows in the past - including the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate - but felt that the scale of these events didn't give people enough time to find out about Yorkshire Water's role in the countryside.

As a result, the company has decided to attend some of the smaller events where the pace is generally less frenetic.

"We're always delighted to be part of events such as the Great Yorkshire Show where we can get our message over but felt that more locally-biased shows could be a better way to reach our tenants and the public," said senior rural surveyor with Yorkshire Water, Andrew Sidebottom.

We hope, by attending some of the local events on the rural calendar, we will be able to spend more time with our tenants and the public

Andrew Sidebottom - Yorkshire Water

"We hope, by attending some of the local events on the rural calendar, we will be able to spend more time with our tenants and the public, giving us a better chance of communicating with them and allowing them to have a wider understanding of what we do and why."

The Yorkshire Water tour takes in the Nidderdale Show in Pateley Bridge on Monday September 25th, where display boards will explain the company's policies for the future.

Visitors will be welcome to take away literature on Yorkshire Water while members of the rural estates team, the environment and catchment team and water quality team will all be available to answer questions.

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