Partners keen to discuss flood plan

(Back row, left to right) Neil Howliston, technical support team leader with Northumbrian Water Ltd; and Barry Pilkington, Capita Symonds Operations Director.'(Front row, left to right) Mayor Linda Arkley; and Catherine Marshall, Environment Agency Flood Resilience Advisor for North East Area.
(Back row, left to right) Neil Howliston, technical support team leader with Northumbrian Water Ltd; and Barry Pilkington, Capita Symonds Operations Director.'(Front row, left to right) Mayor Linda Arkley; and Catherine Marshall, Environment Agency Flood Resilience Advisor for North East Area.

A PARTNERSHIP aimed at helping prevent flooding in the borough is keen to work with local people.

The North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership – involving Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency, emergency services, North Tyneside Council and Capita Symonds – wants to keep the borough ‘Flood Ready, Flood Safe’.

The partnership, established by Mayor Linda Arkley, will work on implementing the recommendations put forward by the flooding task and finish group, which was created following the floods last summer.

As part of the work, there will be a public flood prevention and information event at the council’s Quadrant headquarters on Saturday, March 16, between 2pm and 4pm.

The public will be able to drop-in and meet representatives from a range of organisations, ask questions and learn what they can do to be prepared for flooding.

Mrs Arkley said: “I recognise that flooding has devastated the lives and homes of some of our residents over the last year.

“I hope that the event we have organised can help people understand not just about the work the council and its partners are doing, but also what individuals might be able to do to help us all work together.”

The partnership will implement the recommendations of the task group, helping to co-ordinate the plans and investment in flood prevention schemes.

There will also be direct liaison with communities most affected by the flooding, including Monkseaton, Dudley, Shiremoor, Preston Village, Longbenton and Forest Hall.

Work has already been completed in Means Drive in Burradon; Angus Close, Killingworth; Davy Bank, Wallsend; and Beach Road, North Shields; with work planned at Woodlawn and Langley schools.

Capita Symonds has developed a programme of work, ranging from survey work to installation of new drainage gullies.

Operations director Barry Pilkington said: “We are fully supportive of this new partnership and already working hard to make a difference.”

Catherine Marshall, Environment Agency flood resilience advisor for north east area, said: “It’s important to raise awareness and understanding of the risks within each community, and encourage people to become more resilient to flooding.”