Investment flows into Seaham suburb


Work to reduce the risk of property flooding will begin next month in a Seaham village.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £500,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Hawthorn.

The four-month improvement scheme will begin on Monday, November 7 2011 and reduce the risk of internal flooding to three properties on West Lane.

Work will involve installing 250 metres of new sewer pipe at West Lane and building a storm water storage sewer in land behind this lane. This will hold an additional 180,000 litres of storm water in times of heavy rainfall.

Brian Ford, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of property flooding is one of Northumbrian Water’s top priorities and this scheme will provide some protection from flooding for the future.”

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place to carry out this essential work as below. All dates are provisional and subject to change.

Location Traffic management Dates
West Lane A rolling road closure will gradually move along West Lane, starting at 26 West Lane and moving towards 24 The Village Monday January 9 2012 to Friday February 17 2012

During the course of the essential work construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in land north of 15 Stockton Road East.

Everything will be done, through careful planning with Durham 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 Hawthorn. 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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