19 Jul

Partners work cooperatively in flooded convenience store rebuild

Press release from the Co-operative Group

Construction of Mytholmroyd’s new Co-op store is well underway, as part of redevelopment works following the village’s severe flooding in December 2015. 

A seven-figure investment is underway at the Burnley Road site, which is set to provide a new, purpose built convenience store and petrol station for the community.
Work is now taking place on Burnley Road to install a new drainage channel for the store. To facilitate this, two-way temporary traffic lights have been installed and will be in place until the work is complete, which is due to be in mid-August.
The convenience retailer is working in partnership with Calderdale Council, utilities companies, the Environment Agency and flood defence contractors VBA joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business. This is to ensure that the work is carried out as efficiently as possible and to minimise inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists.
To ensure a joined-up approach, the traffic management will be undertaken by Amberon, the same contractor being employed for the flood alleviation scheme in the village centre, using the same Bluetooth technology being used to manage traffic flow.
The work will run concurrently to ensure the new store can open on time, and that the vital flood defence works continue uninterrupted. 
And, from 7 August, customers will also be able to use the school car park belonging to the adjacent Burnley Road Academy for two weeks, whilst works continue in and around the store’s car park.  
Gavin West, store manager of Mytholmroyd Co-op, said:
“We take our role at the centre of local life here in Mytholmroyd very seriously and are incredibly excited about delivering our brand-new 6,000 sq ft store to the community.
“We’re extremely appreciative to people in the town for the patience they’ve shown whilst we near the end of works and hope that they’ll join us in September when we invite them to come and preview their brand new store ahead of its grand opening.”  

Mytholmroyd’s new-look Co-op is also set to bring a funding boost to local causes including Calder Valley Search and Rescue, Community Transport and Mytholmroyd Playgroup and Fun Track through the retailer’s membership scheme in which members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to chosen causes.
Helen Batt, catchment director for Calderdale from the Environment Agency, said:
“It is good news that the Co-op store is set to re-open with better facilities for residents and people visiting the village. 
“We are working in partnership with the store, the Council and utilities companies to minimise disruption for the local community and commuters as much as possible caused by temporary traffic lights.”

Cllr Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, said:
“We recognise that this work may cause further traffic issues in Mytholmroyd and we will do everything we can to minimise disruption while they take place. The works have been scheduled during the school holidays when traffic is quieter and the lights will be manned to better manage flow. 
“These are necessary works and the construction of the new Co-op is another landmark in Mytholmroyd’s recovery from the Boxing Day floods, providing a more convenient shopping experience for local people and attracting customers from outside the village.”

More information on the Mytholmroyd flood alleviation scheme is available here. For the latest news about the scheme, sign up for regular news bulletins by emailing mytholmroydFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk. You can also follow #MytholmroydFAS and @EnvAgencyYNE on Twitter.

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