Flood protection for Chester-le-Street


Residents are being invited to find out more about a multi-million pound plan to reduce the risk of flooding in Chester le Street.

Northumbrian Water is investing £2.7 million to improve the sewerage network around the Garden Farm Estate and Ropery Lane areas of the town.

The improvement work is to begin on Monday, August 10 2009 and will take up to seven months to complete.

Residents affected by the work are invited to drop in and find out more at a customer information session to be held on Monday, July 27 2009 at Chester Le Street Cricket Club, Ropery Lane, between 3.00pm and 8.00pm.

In times of extremely heavy rainfall the sewerage network has struggled to cope with the volume of storm water, which has resulted in flooding to 11 properties on Coniston Close, Grasmere Road and Elterwater Road on the Garden Farm Estate, and a further 47 properties on Ivanhoe Terrace, Benson Street, Relton Terrace, Red Rose Terrace, Ropery Lane, Lumley Terrace, Lambton Street and Broadwood View.

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

“The work will involve upsizing more than 2.5 km of sewer pipe, as well as installing a storm water storage tank at Coniston Close. The tank can hold more than 1.2 million litres of water in times of heavy rainfall which will be returned to the sewerage network, to be treated, after the storm.

“We are also installing two combined sewer overflows at Beverley Gardens and Chester Park. Combined sewer overflows are consented by the Environment Agency to discharge diluted wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall. This further protects properties and surrounding land from flooding.
“Customers will benefit from dropping in at our customer information session where the project team will be on hand to answer any questions they may have.”

Traffic management will be in place during the course of this essential work. The water company will not work for two weeks over the Christmas period. 

In the Ropery Lane area, one southbound lane of the A167 will be closed, between the Ropery Lane and Durham Road roundabouts, on weekdays between 9.30am and 3.00pm, from Monday, August 24 2009 to Friday, December 11 2009.

Road closures and temporary traffic lights will be in place on Ropery Lane, York Terrace, Beverley Gardens, Lancaster Terrace, George Street, Stanley Terrace, Lumley Terrace, Weldon Terrace, Relton Terrace and Durham Road, at various times between August 2009 and January 2010. 

On the Garden Farm Estate, road closures will move along Katrine Close, Elterwater Road, Coniston Close and Rydal Road at various times between October 2009 and January 2010.

Construction traffic will need access to the sites where improvement work is being carried out and to site compounds, which are to be located in the playground at Coniston Close and land next to Beverley Gardens.

Residents will receive written information about this essential work and are reassured that everything will be done to keep any disruption to a minimum. Those with special needs or any queries should ring the Northumbrian Water customer centre on 0845 717 1100.

Customers should be vigilant of bogus callers as it is unusual for the water company to need access into customers’ homes. Access may be required to manholes located on private land.

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 further information please contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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