Call for action to end flooding in Haworth

Councillor Glen Miller by one of the potholes in Sun Street, Haworth

Councillor Glen Miller by one of the potholes in Sun Street, Haworth

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Action is being demanded to stop water forcing its way through road surfaces at Haworth.

A broken culvert has been cited as a possible reason for the problem in Sun Street and Cold Street.

The water is damaging the roads and creating treacherous conditions in freezing weather.

It is believed flooding problems in local cellars could be linked.

Worth Valley district councillors are calling on Bradford Council to seek a solution.

“There has been a long-standing problem with water coming up through the road and causing large potholes,” said Coun Glen Miller, who represents the Worth Valley and is the Council’s Tory group leader.

“This water then flows down the road, and in cold weather, freezes and becomes very dangerous.”

He added a repair had been carried out to a pothole about a fortnight ago, but the water had already forced its way back through the surface.

Fellow councillor Rebecca Poulsen said a long-term solution was needed.

“Fortunately, so far this winter it has been relatively mild, but last year when we got cold weather the road was like a skating rink – it was lethal,” she said.

“Patching up the surface is not solving the problem. Something has got to be done.”

Bradford Council said it was aware of the issue, which it believed was down to a damaged culvert.

“We are investigating the source and will carry out the necessary work as soon as is possible within our budget priorities,” said a spokesman.

“Until such time as that, we will continue to make temporary repairs to the road to keep it in a safe condition.”

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