Residents’ mud misery solution is in pipeline

Campaigners have succeeded in pressing for action after a deteriorating water main brought muddy misery to their estate.

The “unadopted, ageing and burst-prone” main on the Nest Estate, Mytholmroyd, has been an ongoing saga for several years, with no agencies appearing to want to grasp the nettle and solve the problem.

angry residents complaining about problems with leaking water pipes in Nest Estate, Mytholmroyd.

angry residents complaining about problems with leaking water pipes in Nest Estate, Mytholmroyd.

But after a campaign led by resident Jade Smith, backed by ward councillors, a three-pronged plan of action involving Yorkshire Water, Pennine Housing 2000 and Calderdale Council is being drafted.

Angela Studdard, head of asset management for Together Housing Group, which includes Pennine Housing 2000, said residents could rest assured that all parties were working towards a solution.

She said although the water main was not Pennine Housing’s sole responsibility, it had set aside £300,000 to lay the new drain. This would go ahead as soon as the tendering process had been completed and a contractor had been appointed. Yorkshire Water will oversee the process.

The housing association owns 37 of the 96 properties and its tenants will not have to pay to have their homes connected to the new main, as this is covered by their tenancy agreement.

Private householders will have to pay a connection charge, she added.

Jade has now organised a meeting for residents on Tuesday, October 1 at Mytholmroyd Community Centre (7.30pm) to formulate questions to put to the three partners in the project. Neighbours can keep up to date by visiting the website www.nestsburstpipe.co.uk, set up by Nest Estate resident Sam Gould, who only moved in three weeks ago.