Press release from the Environment Agency
Three timber cabins, built overhanging the river, are being demolished so that a flood defence scheme in Mytholmroyd can be built to protect residents and businesses.
The row of empty properties at 18 – 22 New Road need to be removed to make way for the construction of a permanent flood wall in this location. The concrete wall will be 1.15 metre high, with natural stone facing on both sides, so that it is sympathetic to the railway viaduct and existing surrounding properties.
The timber cabins which overhang Cragg Brook date back to 1907. They originated from ‘Dawson City’ near Heptonstall, north of Hebden Bridge, which housed 600 labourers who built the Walshaw Dean reservoirs. When their work was completed, the contractors auctioned off the single-storey wooden cabins and several were relocated around Calderdale. They were bought by local people who used them to set small businesses, including an ironmonger’s on New Road and more recently a chiropodist who has moved out to West End Terrace. A full archaeological recording study will take place during the demolition to record details for posterity.
Whilst of local interest, the unoccupied timber cabins have been altered to such an extent that their architectural significance has been considerably diminished. These buildings were not built for longevity, originating as makeshift temporary structures. The cabins are highly vulnerable to the forces produced by floodwater in the adjacent brook.
Helen Batt, Calderdale catchment director for the Environment Agency, said: “Unfortunately the cabins will be removed to enable the flood walls at this location to be constructed. It is part of a flood scheme for Mytholmroyd which is now taking shape on the ground. The foundations for the new footbridge on Cragg Brook have recently been completed and we are currently installing a new drainage system on Burnley Road.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Cllr Barry Collins, said: “Approval has been given for these exposed structures to be replaced with a new flood wall, which is a necessary step in providing the high standard of protection required to help safeguard properties in the area against flooding.”
The demolition will take place mid to late August and there will be traffic management in place in New Road during some of this work.
Plans for the Mytholmroyd flood defence scheme have been developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Calderdale Council. It is expected to be completed Winter 2019 / 2020. Design and construction of the scheme is being carried out by main contractor VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business.
Vital works to be completed as part of the scheme include construction of new, raised and improved flood walls, the relocation of Caldene Bridge, widening of the river channel at Caldene Bridge and on the right bank in front of St Michael’s Church and flood proofing of the buildings next to the river. Work will also be carried out to reduce the risk of flooding from the canal, culverts and surface water along Burnley Road.
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