Flood protection benefit for Belford

07.08.2009

A Northumberland community is to benefit from an £800,000 flood protection scheme.

Northumbrian Water is to upgrade the sewerage network in Belford, to reduce the risk of flooding to 17 properties on Burnside, Church Street, North Bank, High Street and West Street.

The work, which is to begin on Monday, August 24 2009 and take four months to complete, will involve renewing 930 metres of sewer pipe on High Street, North Bank and West Street, building a 1.7 million litre storm water storage tank in land off High Street and installing a combined sewer overflow on High Street.

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

Customers are invited to find out more about the improvement work and raise any questions or concerns at a drop-in customer information session which is to be held on Wednesday August 12 2009 at Bell View Centre, 33 West Street, Belford, NE70 7QB from 3.00pm to 8.00pm.

Michael Miller, project manager for the scheme, said: ”In times of heavy rainfall, homes in Belford have experienced flooding, which we appreciate can be very distressing.

“Our priority is reducing the future risk of flooding, so we hope the residents of Belford will accept that some short-term disruption in the village is necessary for the long-term benefits the scheme will bring.

“The improvement work will offer protection for the future. The storage tank we are installing can hold more than 21,100 bathfulls of water during a storm, which will be returned to the sewerage network afterwards.”

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place during the course of this essential work. All dates are provisional and subject to change.

Location Traffic management Dates
Burnside             A road closure will gradually move along Burnside.  Pedestrian access will be maintained but residents will be required to make alternative parking arrangements. Monday August 24 2009
to Friday October 30 2009
North Bank Two way traffic lights from 19 North Bank to Clarke Place. Monday August 24 2009
to Friday October 2 2009
High Street Two way traffic lights will gradually move along High Street, between Maclaren Drive and Nursery Lane. Monday September 14 2009
to Friday October 30 2009
West Street Two way traffic lights in operation. Monday October 5 2009
to Friday December 4 2009
Clarke Place Signs and cones on street.Residents will be required to make alternative parking arrangements. Monday November 2 2009
to Friday November 27 2009                            

Construction traffic will access work sites and the site compound, in farmland off Maclaren Drive.

Bogus callers are known to operate in Northumbrian Water’s supply area. It is unusual for anyone from the water company to need access into a customer’s property while this work is carried out. If customers are in any doubt about the validity of a caller claiming to be from Northumbrian Water or the ‘water board’ they should ring the Northumbrian Water customer centre on 0845 717 1100.

For further peace of mind customers can also register a password – if anyone from the water company needs to access a registered customer’s home they will know the password. They should either ring the customer centre or log onto www.nwl.co.uk to register.

For further information please contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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