Flood prevention work is under way

Work has begun this week on reducing the risk of flooding in an area of Forest Hall.

Homes around Otterburn Close and Rocket Way will benefit from the four-week project to construct earth mounds to hold back water at two locations, and improved drainage within a large playing field.

The work, carried out by Capita on behalf of North Tyneside Council, is part of the programme being co-ordinated by the North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “This scheme is another important step in our working with partners to deliver schemes that will reduce the risk of flooding in North Tyneside; and reassure residents that we are committed to addressing flooding issues.”

A newsletter has been delivered to residents in the areas near the flood works in Forest Hall to explain what is happening.

During heavy rain, water building up on the large playing field next to Bamburgh Road flows into Otterburn Close and the local play area.

This will reduced by raising and lowering different areas of the field, holding the water back on the field and then slowly released into an underground pipe using a system of new land drains.

Earth mounds around half a metre high will be built to stop water running into Rocket Way from the grounds of Ivy Road Primary School and the field behind the street.

A number of other flood alleviation schemes are set to benefit the area later this year. Work to improve the drainage of the school’s playing field is estimated to start this summer and Northumbrian Water has set a provisional start date of August for installing a water storage tank.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has set an estimated start date of 2015 to replace a culvert that carries the stream, Longbenton Letch, at the rear of Otterburn Close. The culvert is in poor condition and is prone to blockages.