Park Road has been badly affected by flooding in recent years when extreme weather conditions hit Calderdale, including the February 2020 flood causing landslide damage which led to the closure of the road, that which connects Brighouse to Elland and the rest of Calderdale, for two years.

Homes were also affected and, although previously ruled out, plans are underway to provide a flood mitigation program in the area.

At Calderdale Council’s Flood Recovery and Resilience Program Council, Paul Swales of the Environment Agency (EA) reported that colleagues from EA, Calderdale Council and Yorkshire Water were meeting to agree on the next steps towards putting together a funding file.

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Flooding in Elland. Photo: Ellie Miller…

They agreed to start producing a strategic outline case this month, April 2022, sharing data to support it.

Councilor Jane Scullion (Laboratory, Luddenden Foot) said it was reasonable and fair for residents to do so.

The road closure had also been problematic and it took a long time to get the funding to do the job.

“What we have realized is the economic importance of this road, a key road between Brighouse and Elland.

“It’s important from the point of view of economic activity as well as inconvenience to residents.

“It’s such an important artery,” she said.

A program was considered but initially abandoned because the cost-benefit funding requirement could not be met.

Council had previously heard that the original proposals would have sought to contain the River Calder within its channel – in times of flooding it overflowed into the Calder and Hebble Shipping Channel and then onto Park Road, affecting properties which did not were not flooded before.

But lobbying from councilors and agencies agreed that the risk of flooding in the area needed to be reduced and that surface water issues were also an issue.

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