Work to start on new £1.75m flood prevention scheme

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Nearly £2m is being spent to help protect more homes from flooding.

Work on Northumbrian Water’s £2.5m sewer upgrade in north Cullercoats began in May earlier this year.

Now the company is extending the programme of work to The Broadway to further help reduce the risk of flooding.

And residents are being invited to find out more about the £1.75m plans and give their feedback.

The session will take place on Tuesday, October 20, between 4pm and 8pm at Tyneside City Learning Centre, Hartington Road, Cullercoats.

Experts from Northumbrian Water and contractor, Esh Group, will be on hand to answer any queries and talk about the proposals.

The proposed scheme is due to begin on Monday, November 16, and is expected to take up to nine months.

Work will involve the installation of 290 metres of new sewer pipes and manholes in the junction and verges of Hartington Road with The Broadway, and in the Links Avenue edge of Cullercoats Football Club’s playing fields.

An underground storage tank will be installed to the east end of the football club’s playing fields, capable of holding up to one million litres of water during times of heavy rainfall.

Graeme Ridley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “We appreciate the devastating impact flooding can have on residents and businesses and we’re committed to working in partnership with North Tyneside Council to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

“We’re upgrading the network that serves Cullercoats and looking at local solutions, in order to be better prepared for the future.

“I encourage people to go along to the customer information session to find out more and give feedback about the proposed scheme.”

The water company is also working with Cullercoats Football Club, who said: “We fully appreciate and support the need to protect local residents from the risk of flooding, whilst seeking to maintain our valued community facility for the enjoyment of all.”

Some temporary traffic management is expected on The Broadway and Harrington Road during the course of the works.

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure at North Tyneside Council, said: “Flood prevention remains a council priority, and along with our partners, we are working extremely hard to minimise the risk and impact of future incidents.

“I would really encourage residents to attend this event – as well as having a chance to find out first hand about what the plans are and why they are needed, they will also be able to chat to staff and share their views on the scheme.”

Northumbrian Water’s community portal, www.nw-northcullercoatsproject.co.uk, will also be extended to cover the work on this particular scheme.

Residents will be able to find project related news, check traffic management and receive general information and support throughout the scheme on the website.

Flooding works in the borough are overseen by the North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership, which brings together a range of organisations to help improve how the borough prepares for and deals with future flooding incidents.

For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.