Bringing flood protection to Barley Mow


A million-pound flood protection plan is to be revealed to residents in Birtley.

Northumbrian Water has announced a four-month improvement scheme for the Barley Mow area, which will begin on Monday, August 24 2009.

The work, which will involve constructing 1.4 kilometres of new sewer pipe along Pembroke Avenue, Dorset Avenue, Cheshire Avenue and York Road, will increase the capacity of the sewerage network and reduce the risk of flooding to 22 properties in Barley Mow.

Customers are invited to find out more about the work and raise any questions or concerns they may have at a customer information session on Tuesday, August 18 2009, between 3.00pm and 7.00pm at Barley Mow Village Hall, Bedford Avenue, Birtley, DH3 2AJ.

Brian Ford, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We appreciate that flooding is distressing for customers and reducing the risk is one of Northumbrian Water’s main priorities.

“In times of heavy rainfall, 22 properties on York Road, Dorset Avenue, Norfolk Avenue, Oxford Place and Pembroke Avenue have experienced internal and external flooding and this scheme aims to offer some protection for the future.

“As with all essential work, some temporary traffic management is necessary, but we hope customers will bear with us while we are working in Barley Mow. Customers should be reassured that we are doing all we can, through careful planning with Gateshead Council, to keep disruption to a minimum. “

Two-way traffic lights will be in operation on Durham Road, between Carcraft and AEI Cables Ltd, from 9.30am to 3.30pm on weekdays, from Monday, September 14 2009 to Friday, October 9 2009.

Temporary road closures will be in place at various locations on Dorset Avenue, Surrey Terrace, York Road and Cheshire Avenue, between Monday, September 14 2009 and Friday, December 18 2009.

Construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in land next to Carcraft, off Durham Road.

Residents in the affected areas will receive detailed information about the work in writing.

Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to

It is unusual for anyone from the water company to require access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in the Barley Mow area. If customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre to confirm the caller’s identity.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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