The Calderdale Flood Recovery and Resilience Programme

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, 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 next meeting is Friday 10th March 2017, 10am to 12noon, at the Town Hall, Halifax.

The last Board meeting was on Friday 9th December 2016. 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.

Meeting agenda:

  • The agenda for the 10th March 2017 meeting, will be posted here.

Supporting documents

  • The supporting documents for the 10th March 2017 meeting, will be posted here.

Minutes from this meeting:

  • The minutes for the 10th March 2017 meeting, will be posted here.

Previous meeting minutes:

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;
  • and Bacup Road.

Future flood defence works

There are three future schemes planned for the Borough:

  • Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Schemes;
  • and Flood Risk Reduction (FRRS 2).

FRRS 2 will continue on from the work of FRRS 1, across the Borough.

All four 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 on this, visit: Flood defence funding: propose a project for 2015 to 2016 grant in aid (Gov.uk) .

In February 2017, 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, which was published in May 2016; and
  • a Calderdale Catchment Plan, which is due to be published in October 2016.

Calderdale's Flood Recovery and Resilience Partnership is currently working with the Agency, to support them to deliver this work.

In March 2016, HM Treasury announced, on Budget Day, that £35 million was to be made available for Calderdale to support the delivery of the flood defence programme. Further information on this and other areas of the programme will be posted on this page, as it becomes available.

For more information on the work of the programme, or the partnership, contact: