£500k flood work set to get under way

A £500,000 flood alleviation scheme will start in the borough next week.

Northumbrian Water is investing the money in a ten-week programme to upgrade the sewer network in Highbury and Windsor Road in Whitley Bay.

The scheme involves installing a sewage storm water pipe in Windsor Road, between the junctions with Highbury and Holmlands, as well as 60 metres of combined sewer pipe in Highbury.

Graeme Ridley, the company’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We fully understand the upset and devastation that flooding can cause, that is why reducing the risk to customers’ homes and businesses is one of our top priorities.

“Although we appreciate there will be some disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme brings.

“We are working closely with North Tyneside Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience.”

Work will begin on Monday, and anyone who requires further advice or has any special requirements should ring Northumbrian Water on 0345 733 5566.