Centre Vale Park’s drainage problems identified

Flashback: Todmorden Agricultural Show members survey damage at the park
Flashback: Todmorden Agricultural Show members survey damage at the park
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Plans to rectify persistent drainage problems in Todmorden’s Centre Vale Park are being drawn up by Calderdale Council and the Environment Agency.

Investigations to identify defects preventing water draining from the park have been ongoing for several months and trial holes were dug to uncover the drainage infrastructure, most of which was found to be in good condition.

However, problems were found with the slit drains which connect the surface of the park to the drainage layers beneath.

It is believed that, over time, the upper sand layer of the slit drains has been displaced by the surrounding soil which has a high clay content and, therefore, acts as a barrier to the movement of water.

Both organisations will now be seeking approval for funds to remedy the problems.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: “We continue to work hard with the Environment Agency to tackle the drainage issues in the park, and we are keeping the community informed.”