Update from the Environment Agency
Vegetation, tree stumps and some trees will start to be removed from the riverside next week so that the Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme can be built.
The work is essential to make way for the £30m flood alleviation scheme which will improve the level of flood protection for 400 homes and businesses in Mytholmroyd. For every tree that is removed, there is a plan to plant two more elsewhere in the village.
From the end of January, the Environment Agency will carry out the work along a stretch of the River Calder, from Brearley Fields to Hawks Clough.
It will take four weeks to complete and the work is being carried out before Spring so as not to disrupt the bird nesting season.
Most of the trees are growing out of the existing river walls and in the channel. They will need to be removed so that the new flood defence walls can be constructed. Other trees need to be removed to enable the channel widening parts of the scheme.
Helen Batt, Calder catchment director for the Environment Agency said: “In order to construct a flood alleviation scheme which will provide the best possible protection to the village, it is necessary to remove some trees.
“However, we recognise that it is important for the environment and the Mytholmroyd community that we replace those trees. We plan to plant two for every tree removed when the flood alleviation scheme has been completed.”
The Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme has been developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Calderdale Council, the local community, and partners Construction is being carried out by VBA Joint Venture and is expected to be completed by Winter 2019.
It will include:
- New and improved flood walls along the River Calder and Cragg Brook
- The relocation of Caldene Bridge 30 metres upstream
- Widening of the river channel at key locations
- Strengthening and waterproofing of buildings next to the river.
If anyone has any questions about the scheme they can email:-mytholmroydFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk. Drop in surgeries are held at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre each week on: Tuesdays 12pm-3pm and Fridays 9am-12pm.