Children at two primary schools are creating drawings and poems to decorate the temporary wall in Mytholmroyd which has been built until a permanent one can be constructed to help protect homes from flooding.
Pupils from Scout Road and Burnley Road Academy are putting their creative talent to good use to brighten up the wall in the centre of the village.
A series of plans for work to be carried out as part of the new £30m scheme to reduce flooding in Mytholmroyd are available to view online at www.calderdale.gov.uk clicking on the ‘search and comment on planning applications’ link and then typing Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation in the search box. More planning applications will be made later this month.
These plans include new, raised and improved flood walls; widening of the river channel at St Michael’s church and Caldene Avenue Bridge; the relocation of Caldene Avenue bridge, strengthening and waterproofing buildings next to the river.
Helen Batt, Calderdale catchment director for the Environment Agency, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to involve young people in the development of our flood alleviation scheme by brightening up the temporary wall which is one of the focal points in the village.
“Residents and businesses in the local community can take the opportunity to have a look at our plans as they come online for a flood scheme which will provide them with much better protection against flood risk.
“We would like to thank the local community for their patience during our ongoing works which unavoidably causes some disruption to traffic flow in the village.”
Three four-storey buildings - including the former post office, which has been relocated to the nearby Grange Dene complex - have now been demolished on the main A646 Burnley Road, to prevent any further collapse during another flood event. This work has needed to be carried out carefully due to constraints associated with their proximity to the highway, the river, and the fact they are within a conservation area. Historic England, the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council are keen that the stone is re-used.
A video of some of the preparatory flood alleviation work has been created free of charge by local company Site Eye Time-lapse who specialise in installing cameras to remotely monitor construction and infrastructure projects in the UK and worldwide. It can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/user25873713/review/235889045/0186b27f17 or www.eyeoncalderdale.com
Dan East, marketing manager at Site Eye Time Lapse, said: “We wanted to help document the flood alleviation works in the town.
“Most of our projects tend to be in London so it was nice to be able to walk from our headquarters in Mytholmroyd to set up a project for a change. It was one of our Hebden Bridge based engineers that that pushed forward with the idea and he worked in his own time to install the cameras.”
The Calderdale Flood Partnership Board approved funding the £30m flood scheme to improve the protection for homes and businesses in Mytholmroyd
The scheme has been developed in partnership with Calderdale Council, the local community and stakeholders. Construction is expected to start later this year.
Regular information bulletins about the scheme are posted on www.eyeoncalderdale.com and at various sites throughout the village. You can also contact the project team by email – mytholmroydFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk
Following the flooding of December 2015, the Environment Agency has completed six new schemes, reducing flood risk to 500 homes as part of a £9 million recovery programme across Calderdale.
In Mytholmroyd, significant work to clear the channel, repair damaged walls and make safe damaged buildings has already been carried out. This includes repairing and strengthening more than 100 assets throughout the valley, many of which were flood-damaged.