The Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Programme has been in place since the three flood events in 2012. The programme brings together a range of partners including:
- Calderdale Council;
- Environment Agency;
- Canal and River Trust;
- Local Flood groups;
- Yorkshire Water;
- Network Rail;
- the voluntary sector and others.
The aim of this programme is to substantially reduce the impact of flooding in Calderdale. Additionally, it is to work with local communities to build resilience against future events.
The delivery of the programme is overseen by a Programme Board, which is chaired by the Calderdale Council Leader. Members include local Councillors, the Calderdale Council Chief Executive and the two MPs for the Borough. The Board has recently had a governance review, and as a result, the number of operational groups that report to it has increased from two to four. These are:
- Natural Flood Management;
- Flood Reduction and Investment;
- Flood Damage Repair;
- and Community Resilience.
There is also a Communications subgroup.
The Programme Board meets on a quarterly basis. The last Board meeting was on Monday 6th November 2017. The meeting was open to the public to attend as observers. There was an opportunity, at the end of the meeting, to put any questions to Board members.
For agendas and reports for previous and forthcoming meetings, see: Search agendas and reports .
Current flood defence works in delivery
The Council is currently working in partnership with the Environment Agency and contractors delivering the Flood Risk Reduction Scheme 1 across the Borough. On completion, these schemes will provide important drainage and other important flood relief measures. This will help eradicate damaging run-off waters from steep sided valleys, as well as overflow from the river and canal. Completed schemes so far are:
- Shop Lock at Todmorden;
- Nutclough at Hebden Bridge;
- Bacup Road, Walsden;
- Woodland View, Hebden Bridge and
- Pin Hill, Midgeley
Future flood defence works
There are four schemes planned for the Borough:
- Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Brighouse Flood Alleviation Schemes; and
- a further programme of Flood Risk Reduction Schemes (FRRS 2). FRRS 2 will continue on from the work of FRRS 1 across the Borough.
All of the above schemes are contained within Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) six year capital investment plan. They are eligible for part funding from Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA).
For further information, visit: Submit your flood or coastal erosion risk management project proposal .
In February 2016, following the Boxing Day flood in 2015, the Secretary of State for Defra, Liz Truss, made a special visit to the Upper Calder Valley. She announced that she wanted the Environment Agency to produce:
- a plan for Mytholmroyd and how its flood defences were to be significantly improved to reduce the impact of future flooding (published May 2016); and
- a Calderdale Catchment Plan (published October 2016).
Calderdale's Flood Recovery and Resilience Partnership is currently working with the Environment Agency to support delivery of this work.
In March 2016, the Treasury announced that £35 million would be made available for Calderdale to support delivery of the flood defence programme.
Further information on this and other areas of the programme will be posted as it becomes available.
For more information on the programme works or the partnership, contact:
- Username Neil Fearnley – Flood Programme Manager
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone 01422 392205