Flood campaigners march on Number 10

Barry Greenwood, from The Upper Calder Valley Flood Prevention Action Group
Barry Greenwood, from The Upper Calder Valley Flood Prevention Action Group

A campaigner has taken his fight for improved flood for the upper Calder Valley to the Prime Minister.

Barry Greenwood from The Upper Calder Valley Flood Prevention Action Group (UCVFPAG) was joined by fellow campaigner Nathan Martin on the visit to 10 Downing Street.

The duo presented David Cameron’s staff with petitions containing thousands of signatures from residents of the upper Calder Valley calling for immediate action to boost the area’s flood defences. They also handed over the results of a river survey carried out in October/November 2012 by a chartered engineer, which the UCVFPAG commissioned.

Mr Greenwood said: “I wrote to Mr Cameron’s office prior to the visit to ask if I could have a few minutes with him to tell him that we are having a few problems with certain organisations in getting works started. However, I was told he was unavailable for discussion during my visit.

“The people in the valley are absolutely dismayed that very little works have been carried out on the rivers to reduce the risk of flooding since the flood on June 22 2012.”

• For a full report of Barry and Nathan’s trip to Number 10, see Thursday’s Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News.