Walsden Chippy's New Bespoke Flood Barriers

Dominic Stuart & Tony Pollard

They've been build thanks to funding from Calderdale Council.

The owner of an award-winning fish and chip shop in Calderdale has taken steps to safeguard his property following the floods that swept through his street on Boxing Day 2015.

Tony Pollard, of Grandma Pollard's Chippy in Walsden, has purchased custom-made barriers featuring his business logo to provide protection against future flooding.

Mr Pollard said: "I find it quite difficult to say how grateful we are for the financial support we have had from [Calderdale] Council.

"What else can I say other than a very big thank you from all the people that these new defences protect, together with myself."

Calderdale Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Barry Collins, added: "The Council has received approximately 1600 applications for flood resilience grants and around 1200 of these are now complete and fully paid out. Although new applications are now closed, it is good to see this funding being put to good use to help the community recover from flooding and protect against future flood risk."

Dominic Stuart, Managing Director at Steeltech Kinetix (Northern) Ltd, explained how their design for flood barriers came about: "Following the 2015 floods, we decided to design a set of flood barriers for Steeltech's premises. On test the design proved successful, and so was used to manufacture barriers for our own doors.

"The word spread locally and since then we have worked on the design to create a better and more cost effective product for the local community. The barriers are manufactured from stainless steel including the runners and specially sourced locking screws."

"Our work for Mr Pollard included making bespoke flood barriers for several properties including his famous chippy. We also manufactured bespoke vent covers for each property with fittings to enable water pumps to be attached if needed."

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