I include a copy of the latest update below from the Environment Agency with respect to the Mytholmroyd Flood Works. To enable the work to progress a full closure of Burnley Road is required. If you have any questions or comments to make on this then please contact either the Environment Agency directly or my office.
As advised in our previous Keeping You Informed notice issued on 14th June, the next phase of utility service diversions is taking place on Caldene Avenue throughout July. This is necessary to enable services, which include water, gas, electric and telecoms, to be redirected across the new Caldene Bridge.
Following this, work will begin on Burnley Road to enable connections to be made across the new bridge into the existing services within Burnley Road. This work is due to commence in early August. This service connection work, in a particularly constrained area, could have potentially required a full road closure of Burnley Road for up to 4 weeks.
However, the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council recognise the significant impact a full road closure would have on the wider community and the economy, particularly during peak tourist season. Therefore, extensive work has been undertaken with utility companies and local stakeholders to find an alternative solution that keeps Burnley Road open. In order to achieve this, we will be creating a temporary single lane diversion of the highway across the forecourt of Mytholmroyd Fire Station. This will allow the service connections to take place in front of the fire station within Burnley Road.
During the construction and removal of the temporary highway through the fire station forecourt the fire station will be inaccessible. Therefore, we will be arranging a temporary base within the village for the fire engine during these works. Whilst the diversion is in place access to the fire station will be available.
Keeping Burnley Road open with this diversion creates additional construction work and prevents progress on other areas of the project, we therefore expect some impact on the overall completion of the project. We now expect the flood scheme to be completed by summer 2020. As the utility work progresses, we will continue to seek opportunities to bring forward other construction activity as much as possible. When we are in a position to provide a firmer estimate for construction completion we will communicate this to the community.
If you have any concerns, questions or feedback please come and talk to a member of the team at the Red Acre site office or at our surgeries on Friday mornings 9am to 12pm at the Community Centre. Alternatively, you can contact us by email - mytholmroydFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk.
Look out for news updates on Twitter by following @EnvAgencyYNE and at www.eyeoncalderdale.com. The Environment Agency is working in partnership with Calderdale Council and VBA to deliver Mytholmroyd Flood Alleviation Scheme.