Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme on Display

The Environment Agency, in partnership with Calderdale Council, will tomorrow (August 8) hold a drop-in session for people living in the Stubbing Holme Road neighbourhood of Hebden Bridge about the upcoming flood alleviation scheme.

The drop-in event, to be held from 3pm until 7.30pm, is taking place at the Hebden Royd Methodist Church, Bridge Lanes.

This is the proposed first phase of work carried out by the EA to design and construct a flood alleviation scheme for Hebden Bridge.

The aim in this initial phase will be to provide flood protection to properties along Stubbing Holme Road. Proposals include replacing and raising riverside walls adjacent to the River Calder and measures to prevent flows from the Calder into the old mill goit, a channel built to serve the mill which runs under houses in the area and causes cellar flooding.

Simon Byrne, project manager for the Hebden Bridge flood alleviation scheme from the Environment Agency, said: “This is an opportunity for people living in the area to see the proposals, share their views, give us their feedback and ask the team who are delivering this work any questions they may have.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Strategy, Cllr Barry Collins, added: “This drop-in event offers the opportunity to find out more about proposals to protect properties around Stubbing Holme Road and for residents to share their views on the proposed scheme.

According to the Environment Agency, work is also continuing to develop the outline designs for the flood defense scheme to protect homes and businesses in Hebden Bridge town center by reducing flooding from the River Calder, Hebden Water and Rochdale Canal.

The plan is to start this work early next year and for the scheme to be completed by 2021.