Flood alleviation scheme for Birtley homes


Essential work to help protect five properties in Birtley, Gateshead from flooding is to begin on Monday, November 11.

Northumbrian Water is investing £460,000 to install 190 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Elisabeth Avenue and Lansbury Close. The work, which is being carried out by contractor Lumsden and Carroll, is expected to take up to 16 weeks to complete.

Some traffic management will be necessary at times, with rolling road and lane closures along Elisabeth Avenue, Lansbury Close and Flanders Court. Households that are directly affected will be notified in advance. Construction traffic will need to access all working areas and the temporary site compound, which will be located adjacent to Flanders Court.

Ian Davison, 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 are working closely with Gateshead Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience to customers.”

Nobody from Northumbrian Water or Lumsden and Carroll will require access to customers’ homes while the work is being carried out.

Anyone who requires further advice or has 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 6720.

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