More than a million pounds is being invested to reduce the risk of flooding to homes in Northumberland.
Northumbrian Water is to spend £1.2 million to upgrade its sewerage network in the High Street and Tenter Hill areas of Wooler.
The six-month flood alleviation scheme, which will begin on Monday, February 16, 2009, will involve upgrading 300 metres of sewer pipe on Church Street and South Road and constructing a new storm water storage tank and combined sewer overflow in land within Wooler bus station.
Combined sewer overflows are designed, and consented by the Environment Agency, to discharge wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding. This will improve water quality to the Wooler Water which is a tributary of the River Till.
Customers are invited to find out more at a customer information session to be held at on Thursday, February 5 2009 at The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, NE71 6BL between 2.00pm and 7.00pm.
Kevin Fleming, project manager for the scheme, said: ‘’In times of extremely heavy rainfall the quantity of rainwater entering the sewerage network has resulted in flooding to four properties – three on the High Street and one on Tenter Hill.
“In severe weather, water will be stored in the 120 cubic metre storage tank, to be returned to the sewerage network once the storm has subsided.
“We appreciate that being a victim of flooding is very unpleasant and reducing the risk of flooding is one of Northumbrian Water’s top priorities. I encourage customers in the area to drop in at our customer information session where they can find out more about the work and how it will affect them.”
Residents in the affected area will receive information about the work and an invitation to the customer information session in writing.
During the course of the work it will be necessary to have traffic management in place which is detailed below:
• High Street: temporary two-way traffic lights from Monday February 16, 2009 for up to eight weeks. Parking will be restricted during this period.
• Wooler bus station: There will be no parking available within the bus station from the beginning of April for up to ten weeks. However bus services will operate as normal.
• South Road: temporary traffic lights on South Road at the junction with Church Street from the beginning of June for up to four weeks.
• Church Street: the north end of Church Street will be closed from the beginning of June for up to eight weeks, though access to properties will be maintained.
Construction traffic will require access to the sites where improvement work is being carried out and the site compound, which is to be located in private land off South Road.
Anyone with any queries should ring the Northumbrian Water contact centre on 0845 717 1100 or log onto http://www.nwl.co.uk/.
Bogus callers are known to operate in Northumbrian Water’s supply area. It is unlikely that anyone from the water company will need access into a customer’s property while the work is being 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 more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.
| Wooler information leaflet