Work due to start to protect homes from flooding

A mutli-million pound scheme to protect homes from flooding is due to start in May.

Northumbrian Water will begin the year-long work on May 5 to reduce the risk of flooding to 28 homes in Cullercoats and parts of Whitley Bay.

We appreciate the devastating impact flooding can have on residents and businesses and it’s our top priority to try and reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

Graeme Ridley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager

The £2.5m programme will involve the installation of 500 metres of replacement sewar pipe in the area and the upsizing of a sewar in Plessey Crescent, which will hold up to 560,000 litres of storm waste-water during heavy rainfall.

The water company will also install 750 metres of new, additional surface water pipes in the streets to increase the capacity of the network.

An information session is being held to let residents know what is taking place.

Residents can attend the event on Thursday, March 26, at Cullercoats Methodist Fishermen’s Church between 3pm and 7pm, where officials from Northumbrian Water, North Tyneside Council and the contractors will be on hand to answer any queries.

Graeme Ridley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “We appreciate the devastating impact flooding can have on residents and businesses and it’s our top priority to try and reduce the likelihood of it happening again.

“Weather patterns are changing and we’re making significant investments to be better prepared for the future.

“I would like to encourage residents to come along to our customer information session where we will have details of our plans available for residents to find out how this work may impact on them.

“We are working in partnership with North Tyneside Council and will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum, for example, work along Promontory Terrace, Norma Crescent and Victoria Crescent will be completed before the school summer holidays start.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member with responsibility for housing and environment, said: “Flooding can be absolutely devastating for those affected by it, whether it’s their home or their business.

“The council and its partners are working extremely hard to prioritise flood prevention and minimise the risk of further flooding through a number of different schemes across the borough.

“This major work in Cullercoats will really benefit our residents and aims to safeguard them against any future flooding.”

It will be necessary to have some temporary traffic management in place during the course of the 52-week scheme to enable the work to proceed. Streets include Eskdale Terrace, Marden Crescent and North View, off the John Street roundabout.

Residents directly affected by the scheme will be notified in advance by Lumsden & Carroll of the dates traffic management will be outside their property.

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