Essential work to protect homes and businesses in Beadnell, Northumberland from flooding is to begin on Monday, September 2.
Northumbrian Water is investing £20,000 to repair the existing surface water outfall next to the public car park in the village. The work is expected to take up to two weeks to complete.
The repairs, which are being carried out by Seymour Civil Engineering, will prevent sand from building up in the pipe. This causes rainwater to build up in the sewer and can result in flooding in times of heavy rainfall. A new manhole will also be constructed in the grass verge beside the car park.
Although the work will require parts of the grass verge and beach to be dug up, these areas will be clearly signposted and securely fenced off from the public. Pedestrian access to the beach will be maintained at all times and the car park will still be available for parking.
Construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, as well as the temporary site compound located in the car park.
Thomas McCurdy, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding is one of our top priorities.
“Although we appreciate there will be some disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme brings. We have purposely arranged for the repair work to take place after the school summer holidays to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Nobody from Northumbrian Water or Seymour Civil Engineering will require access to customers’ homes while the work is being carried out.
Customers who require further advice or have any special requirements should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.
For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6738.