Residents demand more is done to end misery of flooding

Lisa Pullen and Sharon Bradley (l) who live in Monkseaton and whose houses have been flooded many times despite the council promising to reduce the flood risk.  sharon has had to have had thousands of pounds worth of flood defences put in at ther own cost. GM025358
Lisa Pullen and Sharon Bradley (l) who live in Monkseaton and whose houses have been flooded many times despite the council promising to reduce the flood risk. sharon has had to have had thousands of pounds worth of flood defences put in at ther own cost. GM025358
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Concerned residents have called for more support to protect their homes from flooding.

For more than eight years, heavy rainfall has caused properties in a part of Monkseaton to repeatedly flood.

And now one Fairfield Green resident has resorted to spending more than £5,000 on installing flood defences to prevent it happening again.

Sharon Bradley, who had to use savings and insurance money to pay for the defences, said: “The only thing I could do was to buy flood defences, there was no alternative.

“If I didn’t do this, then no one else is going to protect my property, the council certainly aren’t helping or doing anything about it, and it’s not like it’s a new problem.”

Neighbour Lisa Pullen said: “The first flood was June 2005 and there has been a further six floods.

“There is a drainage ditch behind our houses that runs parallel with the Metro line and the farmers’ fields drain off into this ditch.

“The council in 2009 fitted a grill to the pipe at the back to prevent any more blockages, but they didn’t check for any blockages and as the pipe was 95 per cent blocked, my property flooded a further two times.

“What little has been done by the council is insulting.

“The council has been awarded thousands for flood prevention from the Environment Agency, so why are we still at risk?

“I want to get on with my life, but I am constantly watching the weather forecast.

“I feel like I can’t go too far from my house in case it starts pouring and I have to rush back.

“The effect has been quite devastating, a neighbour is still struggling with a fungal lung infection caused by rotting joists in her home.”

A North Tyneside Council spokesperson said: “North Tyneside Council is doing everything possible to resolve this issue.

“Homes at Fairfield Green flooded due to surface water runoff from nearby private agricultural land, therefore before any work could begin, the council led complex negotiations with landowners and other agencies, which are now complete.

“We have successfully accessed £120,000 funding from the Environment Agency for the work and we are progressing with implementation plans for a flood mitigation scheme, involving the development of a land water barrier, planned to begin next spring.

“This scheme is just one component of a wider approach to reduce the risk of flooding across the borough – £4.75m is being invested to reduce the risk of flooding throughout North Tyneside.

“A great deal of work is already under way, including a number of engineering solutions as well as things like increasing our gully maintenance regimes.”