Pub shuts after flood damage

Collier Arms, Park Road, Elland
Collier Arms, Park Road, Elland

THE torrential downpours have caused havoc across Calderdale including Brighouse.

Motorists faced difficult trips home as roads were closed.

One business badly affected is the Collier Arms in Park Road, Elland, that has been closed for more than two weeks.

Licensee Pete Cunnigham and his wife Caroline returned from holiday to find the flood had caused damage to the cellar, kitchen area and the carpets and decor in the pub area itself after it filled with water late into the night of Friday, June 22.

Neighbouring homes were also affected.

Mr Cunningham said they hoped to be re-open in just over a week. “We came back off our holiday four days after the flood to this,” he said. “But there was nothing anyone could do. It is just so tragic. We are just sat looking out of the window hoping that the rain doesn’t undo the work they have done already so we can reopen.

Flooding on Granny Hall Lane, Brighouse

Flooding on Granny Hall Lane, Brighouse

“Every day it rains we think ‘we are for it now’ especially when it starts coming down like it did on Friday and again on Monday.

“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing from customers to see when we can open again. It is a smashing pub and there is a great clientele.”

Croft Street, Brighouse, was closed on Friday, July 6, due to the rain and Granny Hall Lane, Brighouse, also became a problem due to a blocked drain.

There was problems at Clough Lane, Rastrick, and water was gushing out of the wall again at Brookfoot Lane, Brighouse. The ford in Thornhills Beck Lane was closed due to high levels of water.

Yorkshire Water has also been busy in the area especially along Park Road and Brookfoot.

A spokeswoman said when the river burst its bank last month the pumping station was put out of action due to electrical problems. Since then they have been pumping the water manually. “We are working as hard as we can to replace the pumps and get the new equipment. We did put in place temporary traffic lights for a short time. They will be back in place when the new pumps arrive. We are on top of the repair work and it should all be back to normal within 14 weeks.”

ROKT climbing gym had further problems last week. Vicky Whittaker, marketing manager, said the roof above their reception had collapsed on Thursday evening due to the rain and they had had to close early.