Calderdale Friends of the Earth and Calder Future (who organised the extremely well attended public meeting at the Birchcliffe Centre on 21st January) have prepared a progress check at the midpoint of the 12 month period leading up to the anniversary of last December’s devastating floods. The briefing (which you can download from the bottom of this page) reviews the actions taken so far by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council, whilst its second page is a summary of our comments about the initial findings of the Calderdale Floods Commission.
Craig Whittaker MP writes: 'I have organised an open public meeting with the Environment Agency which is due to take place on Saturday 16th April, 10:00-12:00, at Calder High School (Ted Hughes Auditorium). The purpose of the meeting will be to provide the Environment Agency with an opportunity to update residents on their flood prevention work along the whole of the River Calder as more information will be available by the time of this meeting.
"Over the last few months we have heard a lot of evidence at public meetings, from emails and from submissions sent to us. Our next job is to consider that evidence and make some findings from it. But we want to make sure that we have got it right and that we have not missed anything. So we would like to talk through the evidence and our findings with you at this meeting. Please come along and have your say."
The Floods Commission has announced dates for a series of six public meetings, each looking at a separate issue. More information about the detailed issues to be considered at each meeting can be found here.
A place where people want to live: Tuesday 16 February 2016 - 7-9pm - Calder High School, Mytholmroyd
Emergency preparedness and response: Wednesday 17 February 2016 - 1.30-3.30pm - Halifax Town Hall
These drop-in sessions are an opportunity to find out what the council and other organisations are doing to reduce the impact of flooding in the future, discuss future flood defence plans, share flood resilience information and receive details of grants available for people affected by flooding. Also practical demonstrations on how you can make your home or business more resilient to flooding. Partners being invited include police, fire service, Environment Agency, Canal and River Trust, Northern Powergrid, Yorkshire Water, National Flood Forum and funding groups.
Calderdale Council has appointed Paul Cobbing as the Independent Chair of the Calderdale Floods Commission. Paul is the Chief Executive of the National Flood Forum, a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding.