An essential flood protection scheme is to begin in Birtley in the New Year.
Northumbrian Water is to invest £190,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the Mount Pleasant area.
The ten week scheme, which will begin on Tuesday, January 5 2010, will involve constructing 20 metres of new sewer pipe and upsizing a further 30 metres of sewer pipe along Mount Road.
The water company will also be connecting the sewerage network to an existing storage tank in the car park opposite St Joseph’s Court. The tank will store 215,000 litres of water in times of heavy rainfall, to be returned to the sewerage network after the storm.
Simon Bligh, 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.
“This scheme will offer protection for a local property, which has flooded in times of heavy rainfall.
“As with all essential work, some temporary traffic management is necessary, but we hope customers will bear with us while we are working in the Mount Pleasant area. Customers should be reassured that we are doing all we can, through careful planning with Gateshead Council, to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Temporary traffic lights will be in operation from 7.30am to 4.30pm for the duration of the work and will gradually move along Mount Road, Hawkhills Terrace and Fellcross.
Construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located within the car park opposite St Joseph’s Court.
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 www.nwl.co.uk.
It is unusual for anyone from the water company to require access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in the Birtley 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.