Additional government funding announced in 2019 for the Hebden Bridge FAS has meant that the Environment Agency (EA) has been able to revisit designs for the Stubbing Holme Road area, which had previously been put on hold. The Stubbing Holme Road Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is being developed as a separate project from the main Hebden Bridge FAS.
The Stubbing Holme Road FAS aims to improve protection to approximately 56 residential properties and 3 businesses.
Stubbing Holme Road is at risk from flooding from the River Calder and Rochdale Canal. It is located upstream of Hebden Bridge on the River Calder and includes a tributary, Colden Clough, which meets the Calder at a confluence by the Longstaff Court cul-de-sac.
The plans for the scheme include:
- Raising and strengthening river walls along Stubbing Holme Road
- Strengthening and isntalling walls along Rochdale canal to pass flows to the Hebden Bridge FAS canal overflow at the Vale Centre site
- A flow diversion solution at Longstaff Court to return water to the river
- Improving protection to riverside properties
In the coming months the EA will be carrying out detailed design activities which will involve surveys, site investigations and stakeholder engagement.
As we progress with the design, we now need to ensure that the scheme is cost beneficial and until the full scope of scheme is finalised, the costs will not be fully understood. We cannot commence construction until costs have bben finalised and all funding secured. Due to the complexity of the locations and proposed interventions, there may be risk of costs increasing. Whilst the current project costs include an allowance to address potential cost increases, the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council will continue to pursue additional funding sources, on top of those already secured to further mitigate against this risk.
Mill Goit Survey
As part understanding the scope of the design for the Stubbing Holme Road scheme, we are currently undertaking investigations which will inform the detail of the solution. A recent desktop investigation of utilities and historic maps for the area by our design partners Arup, has identified an abandoned, but still active mill goit (a culvert used to convey water into and out of an historic mill) which may run beneath properties in the area. We now need to determine if there is any connection between properties to the mill goit and if it could be a potential source of flooding. To complete the survey, please click on this link https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SHRculvert/
If you have any questions regarding the survey or about any of the planned work in this area, please email HebdenBridgeFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk.