Yorkshire Water to invest £1m in Morley flood prevention scheme

Land off of New Bank Street and King George Croft in Churwell - where there is a �1million plan to build a flood defence base. (D523A314)
Land off of New Bank Street and King George Croft in Churwell - where there is a �1million plan to build a flood defence base. (D523A314)

A £1 million project is set to ease the problem of overflowing sewer systems for eight houses on a Morley estate.

The project, due to start in two weeks, will see a huge water storage tank built on land off King George Croft and New Bank Street.

Yorkshire Water is investing almost £1 million on the project, which will also see a new overflow system put in.

A number of lengthy road closures will be put in place during the eight-month project and a public drop-in session will be held tomorrow (April 4) at All Saints Church on Elland Road, Churwell from 4.30pm-6.30pm for people to find out more detail about the scheme.

Dominic Cunney, Yorkshire Water’s project manager, said the work would significantly increase the capacity of the sewerage network.

“Of course, we recognise that a project like this is always likely to result in some disruption and we want to reassure road users and local residents that we’ll be doing everything we can to keep any potential disruption to an absolute minimum, working with the local community to accommodate their thoughts and needs wherever possible,” he said.

From the end of May, Croft House Lane will be closed to traffic for around two months then in July Croft House Avenue will be closed for around six weeks.

In August, Croft House Way will be closed between numbers 38 and 44 for a month.

Traffic lights will be in place on New Bank Street at the end of September for two weeks and the bottom section of Croft House Avenue will be closed for a month in October.

Engineering specialists Mott MacDonald Bentley will start work from Monday, April 22 to install the storage tank in a grassed area off New Bank Street and King George Croft. The tank will collect storm water during wet weather and hold it until it is safe to be released back into the sewer network.

The tank, capable of holding 1,275,000 litres of water during wet weather, will take around six months to construct and will be 12.5m in diameter and 13m deep.

Engineers will also lay new sewers in Croft House Way, Croft House Lane, New Bank Street and Croft House Avenue.

A new sewer overflow system will also be installed on Croft House Avenue near the junction with Croft House Lane.

Access will be maintained for residents during the road closures and Yorkshire Water will be writing to those affected.