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Find out how we’re protecting West Craven from flooding

Published: Monday, 4th June 2018

A drop-in session for West Craven residents and businesses affected by flooding is taking place next week.

It’s an opportunity for those in Earby and Barnoldswick to find out more about flood alleviation measures in their area.

The session is being held between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday 14 June at New Road Community Centre in Earby.

Representatives from Pendle Council and the Environment Agency will give an update on work already done and what’s coming up.

This includes:

  • improvements to Victoria Clough culvert which will help to reduce flood risk in Earby
  • flood resilience schemes identified in a Community Flood Plan developed by Earby Flood Group
  • schemes to control the rate of water being released into Earby Beck and New Cut, as well as other mitigation measures, during extreme rainfall
  • natural flood management schemes in the catchments of New Cut and Earby Beck, part of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase2
  • flood defence work at Ghyll Meadows in Barnoldswick.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up to the Environment Agency's flood alert/warning service.

Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “A great deal of progress has been made to protect Earby and Barnoldswick from flooding.

“This is your chance to come along and get more information and ask questions about individual schemes in your area.”

Detailed design work has been done to create a scheme to upsize and divert a culvert which will reduce the risk of flooding to the Ghyll Meadows area of Barnoldswick.

It’s anticipated that this work will start in August 2018.

Councillor White added: "The Council has secured funding for a great number of smaller schemes which will have a huge impact on protecting West Craven from flooding in future.

"The money from unspent flood resilience grants will be used to fund measures identified in the Community Flood Plan.

"This includes things like barriers which can be put in place quickly if flooding is possible.

"The Council is also working with local landowners to identify possible opportunities to install natural flood management schemes such as leaky dams and tree-planting."