Multi-million pound flood relief scheme


Multi-million pound work to reduce the risk of homes flooding in South Tyneside is to begin this month and residents are being invited to find out more.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £3 million to upgrade and increase the capacity of the sewerage network in the Low Lane area of South Shields.

The work, which will reduce the risk of eight properties flooding on Newland Court and Birdhill Place, will begin week commencing Monday, January 26 2009 and take up to one year to complete.

Residents in the affected area are invited to drop in and find out more about the improvement work and how it may affect them at a customer information session to be held on Friday, January 23 2009 at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare, Low Lane, South Shields, NE34 0NA between 2.00pm and 7.00pm

Graham Neave, Northumbrian Water’s Operations Director, said: “We appreciate that having your home flooded is very unpleasant and the work which we are to carry out in South Shields should bring relief to those affected in Newland Court and Birdhill Place.

“The work will involve upgrading and increasing the diameter of 240 metres of sewer pipe which runs along Low Lane and installing a 4,400 cubic metre storm water storage tank in the grounds of Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.

“In times of heavy rainfall water will be stored in the tank, which will be 25 metres in diameter and ten metres deep, and then returned to the sewerage network after the storm.  Customers will benefit from dropping in at our customer information session where experts will be on hand to answer any questions they may have.”

During the course of the work it will be necessary to have temporary traffic management in place.  Sections of the west-bound lane of Low Lane will be closed during late summer 2009 for up to ten weeks. 

Construction traffic will need access to sites where work is being carried out and to the site compound, which is to be located in land behind the Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare.

Residents, who will receive written information about this essential work, 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.

Northumbrian Water or their contractor, Seymour Civil Engineering Limited, may need to access manholes on private land but will not require access into customers homes during the course of the work and residents should always be vigilant about who they let into their home.

For further information contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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Low Lane area information leaflet  

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