Council pledges more help for flood-hit buisnesses - and recognises there are issues to tackle

A packed meeting at Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall
A packed meeting at Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

CALDERDALE Council has vowed to find more funds to help businesses hit by flooding in the upper Calder Valley.

At a packed meeting called by Hebden Bridge Business Association, Coun Barry Collins said Calderdale would increase the Valley £250,000 Rise Fund it had set up for flood victims and also lobby central Government and regional flood defence funds to increase funding.

He said: “We have got to find a way of solving the problems of the community, rather than trying to say we have all the answers.”

Coun Collins said businesses that had been closed because of floods would get a three-month business rates holiday, which could be extended, while shops that are still open but could demonstrate hardship as a result of the floods would also be given respite.

He also conceded that urgent work had to be undertaken to solve drainage issues in the Calder Valley and said the council would tackle the issue in the next few months.

Localised sandbag points are also due to be created.

Other issues raised at the meeting were parking in Hebden Bridge, management of rivers and moors, the best way to promote the Calder Valley, issues regarding home and business insurance, community flood defence planning and more.