Work is set to begin on protecting hundreds of properties in North Tyneside from flooding.
North Tyneside Council has been working on a flood alleviation scheme to protect 100 houses in the Fairfield Green area of Monkseaton.
Phase one of the work will involve enlarging and improving ditches in the Dickey’s Holm area and constructing a raised protective earth bank.
Drainage will also be improved on the nearby farmland at Monks Road and Westward Green.
And last Monday, more than 50 people attended a drop-in event to hear about the work and give their views.
Mark Newlands, client manager for highways and infrastructure, said: “It was encouraging to hear lots of positive comments from local residents.
“Over the last 18 months, a team of drainage specialists has undertaken extensive investigations and developed a scheme to considerably reduce the risk of flooding to homes in the area.
“Work will begin later this month on the first phase, which will involve constructing ditches and providing some bunds to protect the properties from flood waters.
“Once the council has reached an agreement to work on the private farmland, it will allow us to go ahead with phase two of major earth works, which will include the creation of several large holding ponds with a capacity to hold back millions of litres of water in storm conditions.”
Initial work is set to begin this month and will provide protection against water pouring into properties from the nearby fields.
All these improvements are scheduled to be undertaken during April.
The next phase of the scheme will involve the construction of large storage ponds in the fields west of Fairfield Green.
Elsewhere, Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell and local ward councillor Brian Burdis have welcomed the council’s investment of £900,000 into the Shiremoor Flood Risk Reduction Scheme.
The scheme will help mitigate the severe flooding that has occurred in Shiremoor since 2005.
Mr Campbell, who saw first hand where the works will take place, said: “This is good news for the residents of Shiremoor.
“I have worked with Councillor Burdis and the Shiremoor Flood Action Group to try to resolve the dreadful situation that residents have found themselves in.
“After years of fear and worry of their homes being inundated with flood waters they can now see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.”
Work has begun on surveys and culvert repairs, flood storage construction work is estimated to start in late summer.