Invite to Hepscott flood scheme session


Work to reduce the risk of property flooding is soon to begin in a Morpeth village.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £400,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Hepscott.

The five month improvement scheme will begin on Monday, June 6 2011 and reduce the risk of flooding to five properties off Hepscott Main Street.

Residents in the area are invited to drop-in and find out more about the work at a customer information session being held on Wednesday May 25 2011 at Hepscott Village Hall, 1 Side Lane, Hepscott, Morpeth, NE61 6LS, between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

The work will involve upsizing 95 metres of sewer pipe along Hepscott Main Street and installing 350 metres of sewer pipe in farmland off South Terrace. The upgrade will offer protection for the future by providing an additional 290,000 litres of storm water storage in times of heavy rainfall.

Simon Bligh, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Northumbrian Water appreciates that flooding is distressing for customers and this latest scheme in Hepscott is just one of hundreds we will carry out over the next five years to reduce the risk of property flooding, at a cost of more than £120 million.

“I would encourage residents affected by the work to come along to the customer information session to find out more and discuss any concerns they may have.”

During the course of the essential work it will be necessary to close part of Hepscott Main Street, between Heathlands and Burnbrae. The road closure will be in place from Monday June 20 2011 to Wednesday August 31 2011.

Construction traffic will need access to the sites where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, in farmland off South Terrace and Fieldhouse Lane.

Residents in the affected areas will receive information about the work and an invitation to the customer information session in writing.

Everything will be done, through careful planning with Northumberland County Council, to keep any disruption to a minimum. Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to

It is very unlikely that anyone from the water company will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in Hepscott. 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.

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