The overall aim of the project is to recognise the place that the four becks (Town Beck, Back Beck, Lumb Gill Beck and Wine Beck) have in Addingham and the wider countryside and to make them a focal point of the village and surrounding countryside with residents understanding their value in terms of habitat, biodiversity, water quality and their role in reducing flood risk.
There are worries about climate change and the prospect that the becks running through Addingham are increasingly unable to deal with severe storms without causing flood damage to properties. Boxing Day 2015 was the most recent example of flooding when there was a combination of surface water, rising groundwater and becks bursting out of their banks.
Today the becks are enjoyed simply for their presence and for the wildlife they contain. In the past Town Beck was valued for the energy it provided to drive water wheels, allowing Addingham to become a successful, and indeed famous, centre for textile manufacture. Now that function has gone the becks have become neglected.