Culvert repair

FLOOD SCHEME: Dan Howard at Blacup Beck where it enters the culvert that takes it through the town centre.
FLOOD SCHEME: Dan Howard at Blacup Beck where it enters the culvert that takes it through the town centre.

News that repair work will be done to a flood-prone culvert that runs through the centre of Cleckheaton has been welcomed by local campaigners.

Cleckheaton Labour Party has welcomed the Environment Agency’s intention to carry out renewal works on the final section of Blacup Beck, which flows parallel to Westgate and under the Greenway and Dewsbury Road.

The culvert has caused flooding in the past in the Syke Fold and Pyenot areas of the town affecting gardens and Cleckheaton’s health centre.

Plans for the work will be drawn up in January and the project will be completed during the following financial year. It is hoped the repair works will alleviate the flood risk. This scheme will be in addition to work by Yorkshire Water to protect homes in Brooke Street and St Peg Close from flooding.

Labour’s Dan Howard said: “The local Labour party has led calls for many years in Cleckheaton and in Liversedge for flood alleviation and defence works along the River Spen. We are delighted that Yorkshire Water has answered these calls and is seeking to protect people’s homes. The Environment Agency’s plan to repair the Blacup Beck culvert will hopefully prevent a repeat of flooding around the Health Centre and to gardens around Pyenot Hall Lane.

“Our MP Mike Wood has been a key advocate for local people affected by flooding along the Spen. As well as pressuring the agencies concerned he also organised a public meeting and brought then Environment Secretary Hilary Benn MP to Cleckheaton to talk to local people who had been affected.

“This secured a flood alleviation scheme for the Spen that was subsequently shelved when the Coalition Government cut funding. Piecemeal schemes aren’t ideal but this is the best alternative following cuts by Conservative and Lib Dem ministers.”

Mr Wood met with Yorkshire Water earlier this month and visited the site off St Peg Lane where works are underway to install a tank that will intercept water before it floods homes.