Work starts on Monday - £150,000 park drains solution

Flashback: Autumn 2012, when the park was at its worst, causing Todmorden Agricultural Society members, who were accompanied by the 2012-13 Mayor Coun Abid Hussain, to decide to cancel the 2013 agricultural show
Flashback: Autumn 2012, when the park was at its worst, causing Todmorden Agricultural Society members, who were accompanied by the 2012-13 Mayor Coun Abid Hussain, to decide to cancel the 2013 agricultural show

A £150,000 work to sort out drainage problems at Centre Vale Park is set to begin on Monday.

The project of essential works aims to rectify problems relating to the previous work from 2007, in which a new drainage system was installed as part of flood alleviation work across the town.

Rob Goldthorpe, secretary for the Todmorden Agricultural Society which organises Todmorden Agricultural Show, said: “We are pleased that something is being done about the park. It’s a great plan but we have got our fingers crossed for good weather.”

Centre Vale Park became notorious for poor drainage following the 2007 work, leaving parts of it unusable at times.

In late 2012 when it was at its worst after months of rain, Todmorden Agricultural Society members inspected it and took the decision to cancel the 2013 event as they could not guarantee conditions would improve enough before show day the following June to enable it to take place.

They had to take the decision early to avoid committing large sums of its reserves to things like tent hire before the situation became clearer.

The Environment Agency postponed the latest round of work to enable the main events of this summer, including Todmorden Carnival, Tour De France events and Todmorden Agricultural Show to take place.

Work is now ready to start, as silt remains a problem and has blocked drains connecting to the surface of the park.

Environment Agency project manager Darren Gallagher said: “Our investigations over the past few months have showed that most of the park’s drainage system is in good condition.

“We are confident that the work we will be undertaking to clear the blockages, which, in conjunction with regular maintenance by Calderdale Council, will cure the problems in Centre Vale Park.”

The park experienced problems with drainage in 2012 when the River Calder burst and the systems in place failed to stop the problem.

Calderdale Council’s Safer, Cleaner, Greener Manager, Amanda Firth, said: “We have been working with the Environment Agency to find a solution to the drainage problems in Centre Vale Park, and we are delighted that rectification work is about to start. We’re keen to make sure people can fully enjoy the great facilities in the park – now and for years to come.”