Investment at Butterley Reservoir
Updated - 2 May 2014
Since January 2012, we've been consulting with residents and stakeholders about some necessary safety improvements to the overflow at Butterley Reservoir. The overflow (known as a spillway) plays a vital role in helping to keep people in the local area safe from flooding.
In order to meet legal requirements around safety, improvements are essential to the spillway. The improvements, once complete, will ensure that the overflow continues to effectively protect the reservoir embankment from flood erosion and continue to serve its purpose as intended by its Victorian engineers.
We've considered several options and submitted a planning application for the only workable solution that delivers the safety requirements. This solution involves modifications to the existing spillway channel, maintaining existing masonry walls wherever possible.
You may have read that the planning committee at Kirklees Council refused our planning and listed building consent applications. This was disappointing, especially as they were recommended for approval by council officers.
After considerable reflection since this meeting and further consultation, we have decided to appeal the decision by Kirklees Council. Our main priority is for the safety of the community of Marsden. All other alternative measures to this proposal have been ruled out on engineering, construction safety and public safety grounds.
Please be assured that whilst a decision is made on our appeal, we have taken significant measures to ensure the safety of local residents. For example, visitors to Butterley reservoir will have noticed that we've lowered the reservoir level by over six metres, along with two other reservoirs further up the valley. All three reservoirs will remain lowered until remedial works are carried out.
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