£5.8 million flood protection scheme for Hebburn


Northumbrian Water is inviting people in Hebburn to find out more about the next phase of a scheme to reduce the likelihood of flooding to properties in the Lakes Estate area of the town.

The water company is investing £5.8million to upgrade the sewer network in Finchale Road and Campbell Park Road. The work follows a scheme completed last year to provide flood protection to 21 homes on the estate.

The project team will be available to discuss the latest phase at Hebburn Civic Centre, in Campbell Park Road, on Wednesday, March 5 between 1pm and 6.30pm.

Contractor Seymour Civil Engineering is due to start work on Monday, March 17 and the scheme is expected to take about eight months to complete.

The work involves:
• constructing an overflow chamber at the junction of Finchale Road and Solway Road
• installing 200m of new sewer in Finchale Road
• constructing an overflow chamber within the eastern footway of Campbell Park Road
• installing 128 metres of new sewer across Campbell Park Road
• constructing a concrete storage tank within the playing fields at Hebburn Lakes Primary School

Construction traffic will need to access all working areas and a temporary site compound, which will be located on the playing field at the rear of Hebburn Lakes Primary School.

Northumbrian Water has pledged an investment of £150million between 2010 and 2015 to help protect areas across the North East that are prone to flooding.

Elaine Smith, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the Lakes Estate scheme, said: “We fully 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.

“We are working closely with South Tyneside Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience.

“Anyone who is going to be affected is more than welcome to come along to the drop-in session at the Civic Centre on March 5 to find out more about the scheme.

For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.

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