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Flood-hit Mirfield pub set to install new defences

The Ship Inn revamp includes flood fences in bid to prevent further problems

A flood-hit pub has applied to install new defences against its nemesis, the River Calder.

Mirfield boozer The Ship Inn was twice deluged last year, most severely on the now infamous Boxing Day floods.

It has been closed ever since, sparking speculation its days might be numbered.

But landlords of the venue, national pub firm Greene King, has now applied for permission to revamp the sodden premises off Steanard Lane.

The Ship Inn, Shepley Bridge, Mirfield, closed after the river Calder breaks its banks.

Plans submitted to Kirklees show they have decided to invest in flood defences in a bid to prevent any further incidents.

The company was partially through its clean up of a mid-December flood when the more severe December 26 flood hit, causing huge amounts of damage.

Drawings by the firm show “flood gates” will be installed around the entrance on the car park side and existing walls are set to be made waterproof.

Other plans include raising the height of windows, electrical cabling and radiator pipework to prevent damage in the event of future flooding.

The beer lines from the cellar will also be lifted up to stop floodwater getting into the booze.

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Water damage means several walls must be demolished and rebuilt and damp-proofing will be installed throughout.

A spokesperson for the pub said: “The Ship Inn has twice been hit by flooding in recent months, but it has always firmly been our intention for the well-liked pub to reopen as soon as possible.

The Ship Inn, Shepley Bridge, Mirfield, closed after the river Calder breaks its banks.

“We have worked hard to make that happen and are making a major investment in flood prevention measures to reduce the chance of repeat damage and to make any recovery process much faster should it ever happen again.

“The planning application is for rendering work on an old stone wall only.

“Additionally, we are inserting flood fences to the front and back of the building to make it more robust. We are adding to the building’s resilience by re-wiring and re-plumbing at higher levels than before.

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“Assuming there are no further weather issues, we are optimistic of trading again on April 22. We are sorry for anyone affected by the Ship’s closure and are looking forward to welcoming guests back.”

Mirfield councillor, Martyn Bolt, said he thought the flood defence moves were a “pragmatic step” but said he would support measures to prevent the river from bursting its banks in the first place.

Clr Bolt said he had written to the Environment Agency in 2007 asking for flood prevention measures to be investigated and was now repeating his call for action.

Workmen are stripping out the flood-damaged Ship Inn at Steanard Lane, Mirfield. It is expected to re-open by late spring 2016.

At the time the agency said not enough properties were affected to warrant any work.

His ideas include a flood channel, the removal of an island near the weir and the planting of mature trees on flood plains.

He said: “In contemplating the problems in Mirfield I remembered that I had previously suggested a scheme to reduce or remove flooding in this area which at that time was not taken forward because of the low numbers of properties affected.

“In the light of the recent, more frequent floods, and the increased number of properties and total cost associated, I believe that looking at a scheme would now be valid.”



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