Water supplier Yorkshire Water is planning a big £1.2 million scheme to tackle flooding in Mirfield. Due to kick off next month, the Yorkshire based utility company will carry out work on the sewer system in Sunny Bank Avenue and Old Bank Road. It’s an attempt to reduce the risk of flooding that could damage around a dozen homes.
Sections of Old Bank Road and Sunny Bank Avenue will be closed during this period as the scheme gets under way. It will start on July 7th and last for an estimated eight weeks. Some of the work will involve installing a new pumping station along with an overhaul of the original sewer system that will be replaced by a new one.
Yorkshire councilors have welcomed the investment by the utility company. However, they have also warned that the project could potentially cause congestion. There are two other major repair schemes taking place in the area and it could lead to gridlock.
Traffic will be unable to come down the hill from near the A62 to the Fountain crossroads. Road closures will only take place between 9:30am and 5pm in order to minimize the amount of disruption. However, many believe that it will be chaos regardless.
Clr Taylor said:
We appreciate that all this work needs to be done, and that during the school holidays is probably the best time, but it will cause major problems getting in and out of Mirfield. Sunny Bank Road and Hopton Lane are two of the main roads into Mirfield and both are going to have closures in place. I don’t think it will be total gridlock, it’ll be total meltdown.
The project manager at Yorkshire Water, Mr. Liam Saddler, said:
We understand that projects of this scale will cause some disruption to our customers but regular sewer flooding has occurred in the area and it’s extremely important that we reduce the risk of it happening in the future. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents, businesses and road-users. Please be assured we’ll do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.
Residents are invited to find out more about Yorkshire Water’s plans and discuss it with the company on July 7th 2014. They will be holding a consultation at Mirfield Community Centre on Thursday July 3rd. It will begin at 4:30pm and end at 7pm in the evening.