A MAJOR £500,000 scheme to demolish and rebuild three shops on Water Street, Todmorden, has been announced by the Environment Agency.
The scheme, part of ongoing flood alleviation works, will begin next spring but in the interim new premises for two of the businesses to use are being located to ensure they are able to keep serving their customers when work is ongoing, or sooner.
Water Street will be closed for part of a period between November 12 and 25 although the exact days will not be fine-tuned until nearer the time. Engineers will need to closely inspect the site and weather conditions will play a part in which days are chosen.
The shops affected are some of the historic ones which overhang Walsden Water supported by cast iron frames and are Sweeney’s of Todmorden, Self Image and Heaven House, the latter not being moved until some time in the spring and for a shorter period, said an Enviornment Agency spokesman.
New premises have already been found for Sweeney’s of Tod nearby at 2 Dale Street, Todmorden, while suitable premises for Self Image are being sought.
The works had been identified as needing doing over a year ago, since when EA representatives have been talking to the businesses affected, Calderdale Council conservation officers and Todmorden Civic Society about what needs to be done. Water Street is a conservation area and the aim is to rebuild the shops as much in keeping as possible with that status.
A public meeting for businesses and townspeople to find out more about the proposals has been organised for next Tuesday, November 6, at Todmorden Town Hall, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
An examination of the frame following the flooding in June showed the structure had further been affected but EA officials stress there is no cause for alarm.