Six more schemes to help reduce the risk of flooding were given the green light by Calderdale Flood Partnership Board this week to be delivered at a cost of £2m. Board members also agreed nine further sites in Calderdale will continue to be developed.
They are all part of the second programme of Flood Risk Reduction Schemes (FRRS2) carried out by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council. Findings of an initial assessment of the FRRS2 schemes were presented to the Board meeting on Monday.
The assessment looked at a wide range of data from all sources including partners Yorkshire Water and Network Rail. This involved consulting with residents to better understand the risks, reviewing river models and surface water mapping and undertaking economic assessments.
Helen Batt, director for flood risk management in the Calderdale area with the Environment Agency, said: “It’s really good news that we have a way forward for this programme of work which will improve the level of protection against flooding for many more people in Calderdale.
“We now have the go ahead to deliver six schemes and for a further nine we will be continuing to develop detailed proposals to take back to board for approval.”
Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, added: “We welcome this development as part of our continued work to do all we can to protect residents and businesses and make Calderdale more flood resilient. This approach will provide the greatest possible benefit to Calderdale in the short term, whilst ensuring that remaining work on the borough’s flood defences is addressed in the long term.”
The six sites to be immediately progressed include:-
Cottonstones, near Mill Bank - managing a dam structure currently in private use and in poor condition.
Machpelah, near the Hebden Bridge railway station - upgrading an existing culvert and screen as well as managing surface water flooding through overland flow structures.
Calderside, in the Hebden Bridge area, - managing surface water which causes a flood risk at the front of a row of terraced houses and the potential to improve protection at the rear of the properties from canal flooding.
Railes Close, in Midgley - reducing the flood risk to properties by directing water away from them into Luddenden Brook.
Shaw Wood Road, in Todmorden – improving the standard of protection from river and canal flooding to two properties and around 15 businesses.
Copley Village - reducing the risk of flooding from the canal and surface water as well as investigating how best to protect properties from two sources of river flooding.
The next stage for these schemes will be to carry out modelling, preparing a business case, design and construction. Plans are for them to be completed within three years.
Sites identified for further development are Dean Clough in Halifax; Oak Hill Clough, Commercial Street, Rossendale View and Cross Stone Road in Todmorden; Sowerby Bridge; Walsden; Lower Bank House in Barkisland and Luddenden Foot.
The Government made available £55 million in Calderdale for flood defences – £35 million of which is new funding agreed since the December 2015 floods.
The Calderdale Flood Action Plan, launched in October 2016 and revised last month, sets out actions that will see over 1,600 homes and businesses in the area better protected and communities made more resilient. It also outlines actions for organisations and communities to work in partnership to develop better ways of managing rivers and the land.