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 reduce the impact of flooding in Calderdale. Also, 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. There are four operational groups that report to it, which are:

  • Natural Flood Management;
  • Flood Risk Reduction and Investment;
  • Resilient Infrastructure;
  • and Community Resilience.

There is also a Communications subgroup.

The Programme Board meets on a quarterly basis. The last Board meeting was on Friday 15th June 2018. It was open to the public to attend as observers, with the chance to ask questions at the end.

For agendas and reports for previous and forthcoming meetings, see: Search agendas and reports .

    Flood defence works

    The Council works in partnership with the Environment Agency and contractors. This is to deliver Flood Risk Reduction Schemes (FRRS) 1 and 2 across the Borough. On completion, these schemes will give important drainage and other flood relief measures. This will help eradicate damaging run-off waters from steep sided valleys, as well as overflow from the river and canal.

    FRRS 1 schemes at Bacup Road, Shop Lock, Nutclough, Woodland View and Pin Hill are complete. Construction at Burnt Acres to improve highway drainage is complete. It is waiting final legal agreement with the landowner to be operational. The strategic outline business case for Park Road, Elland has been submitted and construction should start and be finish in 2018.

    Strategic Outline Business Cases have been produced for all projects in Group A of the FRRS 2 schemes. This is to facilitate the next stage of the design process. These projects include:

    • Calderside, nr. Hebden Bridge;
    • Cottonstones;
    • Copley Village;
    • Machpelah, Hebden Bridge;
    • Railes Close, Midgley;
    • Shaw Wood Road, Todmorden.

    A supplier has been appointed to further investigate and assess the feasibility of delivering schemes for the remaining nine sites:

    • Barkisland - Lower Bank House;
    • Halifax - Dean Clough;
    • Luddenden Foot;
    • Sowerby Bridge;
    • Todmorden:
      • Commercial Street;
      • Cross Stone Road;
      • Oak Hill Clough;
      • Rossendale View.
    • Walsden.

    Also, there are three major Flood Alleviation Schemes (FAS) at different stages of delivery:

    • Mytholmroyd FAS - Work is underway and should be completed by winter 2019/2020. This includes:
      • the construction of new, raised and improved flood walls;
      • widening of the river channel at key locations;
      • and waterproofing of buildings next to the river.
    • Hebden Bridge FAS - Work continues to develop the outline designs with the community and stakeholder group. We expect construction will start in late 2018 and be complete by 2021. The scheme will consist of flood walls and surface water interventions. We are looking at the use of glass panels and raised barriers to create and enhance river views.
    • Brighouse FAS - The Strategic Outline Business Case was submitted in January 2018 and the outline plans are under review. Potential options include but are not limited to:
      • upstream storage in Wellhome Park;
      • the replacement or repair of existing defences along the River Calder;
      • construction of hard defences along Clifton Beck;
      • improvements to street furniture to reduce surface water flood risk;
      • and the formalisation of upstream storage in Cromwell Bottom on the River Calder.

    For more on works or the partnership, contact:

    See also