Calderdale’s flood team gets active at People’s festival – Guest blog

Calderdale’s flood team gets active at People’s festival – Guest blog
People are being asked for their views on the revised Calderdale Flood Action Plan to help protect future generations from flooding during a campaign which will run throughout October.

It will be launched at The People’s Fair as part of the Landlines and Watermarks project’s ‘Big Weekend’ at the newly reopened Piece Hall in Halifax. A flood action team will be at the event, between 30 September and 1 October, canvassing views of visitors, residents and businesses.

The festival-cum-street-market event is part of Landlines and Watermarks, a major arts programme for Calderdale exploring a place and people shaped by Water produced by 509 Arts.

The long-term flood action plan is a ‘living document’ drawn up by the Environment Agency, on behalf of the Calderdale Flood Partnership working with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, businesses and many community and voluntary organisations, following the Boxing Day floods of December 2015.

It sets out how the partners will work to provide better protection to around 3,500 homes and businesses in the area, as well as longer term strategies to help local organisations and communities work together to develop better ways of managing rivers and the land.

Throughout the month the flood action team will be promoting work carried out as part of the plan throughout libraries and information centres amongst residents and businesses.

The revised plan and appendices can be viewed here and progress will be reported each quarter.

There is also an online survey at www.eyeoncalderdale.com about how we share updates on the plan, promoting opportunities to get involved with its development, what can be done better and asking people for any new ideas.

You can support our team at the family-friendly festival, marketplace and street fair which is free and open from 11am – 5pm over the weekend. Contact sally.kelling@environment-agency.gov.uk or avril.south@environment-agency.gov.uk for more details or if you can help. It aims to be a showcase for the Calder Valley’s creative and community talent and there will be food, street performances, artists and artisans and lots of fun.

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September 11, 2017