The Canal & River Trust is asking local people to have their say on a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to fund a new five year flood partnership project.
The Trust, which cares for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales, is working on the project with local stakeholders to help improve the resilience of the Calder Valley after it was devastated by the Boxing Day Floods in December 2015.
If successful, the five-year project, which is called ‘Calder Valley Rising’, will add value to the work being undertaken by the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council to create a more integrated approach to the management of water and land.
Jane Thomson, Enterprise Manager at the Canal & River Trust said: “There is a real urgency to deliver change and help the Calder Valley communities to become more resilient in future extreme natural events, both drought and extreme rainfall through a more integrated approach to the management of the water and land.
“‘Calder Valley Rising’ would also importantly help to reconnect communities with their waterways along the length of the valley by making them more accessible and strengthening the connection and affection for them that already exists.”
Anyone wishing to share their views can do so at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N9SC9VM
Round one funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be submitted in June.