Resolving drainage issues at Centre Vale Park

Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency are continuing to work together with the local community to resolve the drainage issues at Centre Vale Park in Todmorden.

A plan of action has been agreed with the aim of establishing exactly what the problems are, and to identify potential solutions that can be put into place as soon as possible.

Since 2007, the park has been able to be used to store flood waters, reducing the risk of flooding to Burnley Road and Todmorden town centre from the River Calder. However, problems have been identified, with areas of the park taking longer to drain away than others. Last year’s record rainfall and heavy use has made the problem worse.

Calderdale Council understands the community’s concerns and is committed to making sure the drainage issues are resolved.

Investigation work is planned, and at a meeting in mid-March, the Environment Agency presented those plans to the Council, the Agricultural Show Committee, Friends of Centre Vale Park, Todmorden Carnival and other interested parties.

The Environment Agency is planning to carry out ground investigations and testing in the coming months. The results of these investigations will be presented to the interested parties in June. A decision about any further works will be taken based on the outcome of the investigations.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Pauline Nash, said:

“We know how important Centre Vale Park is to Todmorden, as a focal point for community events and for day-to-day recreational activity. We are committed to making sure the park is one that local people can be proud of.”

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