Essential work to help protect six homes in Seghill, North Tyneside, from flooding is to begin on Monday, February 24.
Northumbrian Water is investing £500,000 to upgrade the sewer network in East View and Cheviot View. The work, which is being carried out by contractor Seymour Civil Engineering, is expected to take about four months to complete.
The scheme involves installing 6m diameter underground storage tank in the grassed area behind Seghill Community Centre, together with 95m of new sewer pipe and a control kiosk in East View.
It will be necessary to have some traffic management in place during the course of the work. This will involve a rolling road closure along East View from Tuesday, March 11 to Tuesday, April 8.
Construction vehicles will need access to all working areas and a temporary site compound, which will be located within the grassed area behind the community centre.
Those properties directly affected by the traffic restrictions will be notified about access and parking issues in advance.
Northumbrian Water is investing £150m between 2010 and 2015 to help protect areas throughout the region that are prone to flooding.
Peter Greenan, the company’s project manager for the Seghill scheme, said: “We appreciate the upset and devastation that flooding can cause, that is why reducing the risk to customers’ homes and businesses 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 Northumberland County Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience.”
Nobody from Northumbrian Water or Seymour Civil Engineering will need access to homes in the area 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.