Stanley sewer improvement


Work to reduce the risk of property flooding is soon to begin in County Durham. 

Northumbrian Water is to invest £670,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Stanley.

The four-month improvement scheme will begin on Monday, January 4 2010 and reduce the risk of flooding to nine properties at Newburn Court, Argyle Court and Pearson Street.

Work will involve installing 164 metres of new sewer pipe and upsizing a further 240 metres of sewer pipe at Pelaw Avenue.

The water company will also be upsizing a sewer on Causey Road (A6076) and upgrading a combined sewer overflow at Argyle Court.

Combined sewer overflows are consented by the Environment Agency to discharge wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall, to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding.

Kevin Fleming, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We appreciate that flooding is distressing for customers and so reducing this risk is one of Northumbrian Water’s top priorities. This scheme will offer the residents of Stanley some protection for the future.”

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place to carry out this essential work as below.

All dates are provisional and subject to change.

Location Traffic management Dates
Pelaw Avenue  A rolling road closure will gradually move along Pelaw Avenue.  Monday, January 11 2010 to Friday, April 23 2010. 
Causey Road (A6076)  Two-way traffic lights in operation.  Monday, January 11 2010 to Friday, February 5 2010 and
Monday, March 22 2010 to Friday, April 9 2010.
Public footpath between 11 and 15 Argyle Court  Closure of public footpath.  Monday, January 11 2010 to Friday, March 19 2010. 

During the course of the essential work construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in land at the junction of Pelaw Avenue and Ryton Crescent.

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

Everything will be done, through careful planning with Durham County Council, to keep any disruption to a minimum. Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to

It is very unlikely that anyone from the water company will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in the Stanley 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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