Yorkshire Post (03/Jul/1944) - Boating Lake to Stop Flooding

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Boating Lake to Stop Flooding

A plan for building a boating lake in the centre of the town to save Holmfirth form a further flood disaster was outlined by Mr. Norman Culley, a Huddersfield architect, when he addressed a public meeting at Jackson Bridge, Holmfirth, on Saturday. At each side of the lake, said Mr. Culley, there should be promenades, which, in an emergency, would take the flood water if the River Holme overflowed again. New shops and an hotel should be built. In this way the natural beauty of the district could be enhanced, and if, there was sulphur water to be had, the town could be turned into a spa.

Mr. Fred Lockwood, a member of Holmfirth Council, who presided, said the cost of clearing the River Holme of silt washed down by the flood might be £100,000. The Council had suggested a round-table conference of various Government Ministries, but the idea had been rejected. The Holmfirth Flood Relief Fund had reached £12,067.