A multi-million-pound scheme to protect homes across North Tyneside from flooding will be completed this summer.
Work on a flood prevention scheme at Briar Vale, Monkseaton – described as ‘the final piece in a very successful jigsaw’ – has now commenced and will be completed in the coming months.
After more than 300 homes in the borough were flooded on ‘Thunder Thursday’ in June 2012, in which a month’s worth of rain fell in two hours, North Tyneside Council committed £4.5million to reduce flooding.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and transport, told the council’s cabinet on Monday night that its projects had proved successful during recent bad weather.
He said: “Over the last 12 months, a number of flood protection schemes have been completed.
“These are already proving more effective, which is particularly pleasing considering the recent spate of heavy rainfall and wetter weather.
“I am personally proud of the progress we have made over the last 12 months, which has raised awareness of surface water issues and helped protect many homes from flooding.”
Flood prevention projects that have already been completed include a £1million scheme installing large dry storage basins and a new ditch system to Fairfield Green, Monkseaton.
£500,000 was spent creating a large holding pond in fields between Shiremoor and Wellfield, while homes in Wallsend have been fitted with new protective features such as watertight doors.
Coun Ian Grayson said that the Briar Vale scheme, which can now start after the council resolved issues surrounding the land’s ownership, will be welcome.
He said: “The ward councillors have been pressing on this issue and have been reassured that it will take place and be completed this summer.
“That will be the final piece in a very successful jigsaw of flood alleviation and prevention.”
Norman Redfearn, the elected mayor of North Tyneside, added: “We need to get it completed and be able to say that everything we have wanted to do has been successful.
“What impressed me is that all of the other places we have been working on are now completed. We have had a lot of rain and it is nice to know that they are working.
“I think this has been a very successful project. I used to get a lot of emails about flooding and I can say hand on heart that I have not been receiving any now.”
Daniel Holland, Local Democracy Reporting Service