North East MP Mary Glindon will be on site this week, to see how a major flood protection project is progressing.
Mrs Glindon, Labour MP for North Tyneside and EFRA (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) select committee member, will visit Northumbrian Water’s £6.4 million scheme at Forest Hall and Longbenton on Friday (15 April), to discover how the work will provide peace of mind to her constituents.
The MP will also meet homeowners who have suffered flooding in the past and who will benefit from the improvement scheme.
The improvement work at Forest Hall and Longbenton has been carried out in two phases. The first phase in Forest Hall, which was completed last month, will reduce the risk of flooding to 13 properties at Otterburn Close and Mead Way.
The work involved upsizing a total of 456 metres of sewer pipe at Otterburn Close, Mead Way and Elsdon Drive, and building a 2.5 million litre, underground storm water storage tank in land near Elsdon Drive.
Construction work recently started on phase two in Longbenton, to reduce the risk of flooding to 80 properties in the area.
The work, which will take until January 2012 to complete, will involve installing 1,800 metres of new sewer pipe, upsizing 270 metres of existing sewer pipe and building a 10.5 million litre, underground storage tank in land between Ongar Way and Quorum business park.
Local residents, Nigel and Dawn Goodfellow of Avondale Avenue, whose home has flooded in the past, said: "Having experienced flooding on two occasions it is always very worrying when it rains heavily. We are really pleased therefore that the scheme is underway and grateful that the problem is being addressed by Northumbrian Water."
Another customer, John Philip of Goathland Avenue, said: "I would like to thank Northumbrian Water for carrying out the work. Having the flood defences in place will mean we are not worried any more when we have heavy rain. Every time it rained heavily we were looking out of the window wondering if the drains would cope, or if we would be flooded again."
Mary Glindon MP said: “This is a fantastic scheme that Northumbrian Water has decided to invest in in our constituency. I am really pleased that the company is heavily investing in something that will result in bringing peace of mind to my constituents who are at risk of having their homes damaged by the devastating effects of flooding.
“Having worked with Northumbrian Water I know how keen they are to deliver the best service to local people and this multi-million pound project demonstrates that commitment.”
Project manager for the scheme, Lynn Preston, who will accompany Mrs Glindon on the site visit, said: "This flood protection scheme is the result of many years of working in partnership with the residents of Forest Hall and Longbenton, North Tyneside Council, Mary Glindon MP and other agencies, so it’s satisfying to see phase one of the scheme complete and the second phase now underway.
"The visit is an excellent opportunity for Mrs Glindon to see how much has happened since we started work on the scheme."
The flood protection project at Forest Hall and Longbenton is just one of hundreds of schemes Northumbrian Water will carry out over the next five years to reduce the risk of property flooding, at a cost of more than £120 million.
For further information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.