Fund­ing to fix land­slip site in Mytholm­royd

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By ian hirst

Re­pairs to Scout Road in Mytholm­royd, which was the scene of a huge land­slip, could be­gin next month if coun­cil­lors agree to pro­pos­als. Storm Eva on Box­ing Day caused a land­slip which has blocked Scout Road, led to the re­lo­ca­tion of Scout Road Academy stu­dents and the evac­u­a­tion of nearly 20 homes for safety rea­sons.

Coun­cil­lor Barry Collins, Calderdale Coun­cil’s Deputy Leader and chair of the econ­omy and in­vest­ment panel, said: “We un­der­stand that this has been an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time for lo­cal peo­ple in the area, and we have been work­ing hard to find a so­lu­tion to bring as much nor­mal­ity back to their lives as pos­si­ble.”

The plan is to in­stall a spe­cial­ist ‘catch’ fence on the hill­side, fixed into the bedrock to pro­tect the area from any fur­ther land move­ment. Al­though this is not a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to all of the land­slide is­sues, it would make the area safe so that driv­ers can use the road, pupils can re­turn to the school and res­i­dents can go back to their homes.

A sum of £400,000 for this work comes af­ter the Econ­omy and In­vest­ment Panel iden­ti­fied Scout Road as a pri­or­ity and rec­om­mended the in­vest­ment to Cald­ed­erdale Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net. The next step is to fi­nalise de­signs and cost­ings for the short­term so­lu­tion. It is hoped that work on the fence could start by mid-March, with ex­pected com­ple­tion by the end of May. Coun Collins added: “Since the land­slide we have been sup­port­ing lo­cal peo­ple all we can, and have met with them reg­u­larly to keep ev­ery­one up­dated on the work be­ing done. We know that a long-term so­lu­tion is needed and con­tinue to seek fur­ther sup­port from the Govern­ment to help cover the costs. In the mean­time, our pri­or­ity is to make sure peo­ple are able to use the area safely and as nor­mally as pos­si­ble.”

The site of the land­slip in Scout Road, Mytholm­royd

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