Tackling flooding together


Work to reduce the risk of flooding to 20 homes in Jarrow is to begin this month.

Northumbrian Water’s £1.6 million scheme will begin on Tuesday May 27 and take up to seven months to complete.

The water company is to lay 400 metres of new sewer pipe along Wuppertal Court, Croft Terrace and Borough Road and a new storm water storage tank is to be constructed in the field next to Jarrow Cross Church of England Primary School.

Part of the solution to reduce flooding in the area will also involve working in partnership with South Tyneside Council.

One kilometre of new pipe, which carries only surface water, will also be constructed to drain 15 new surface water gullies to be installed by the council in Albert Road, York Street, Kent Street, Hurworth Place, Wuppertal Court, Croft Terrace and Borough Road.

A 685 square-metre clay-lined basin will also be constructed in the field to the rear of Jarrow Cross Church of England Primary School and will hold rainfall in extreme weather conditions. Once the rainfall subsides, the water will drain back into Northumbrian Water’s sewer network. The inlet and outlet pipes connected to the basin will be screened to prevent debris from entering sewers.

Chris Bond, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding in an efficient and sustainable way, to ensure we are prepared for the future, is one of our top priorities. This scheme is testament to the importance of and our commitment to working in partnership with other agencies, including local authorities, to achieve this.

“Constructing the surface water basin demonstrates a creative and innovative approach to preventing surface water entering our sewer network, which is a crucial element in our efforts to tackling flooding.”

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Business and Area Management from South Tyneside Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the residents who live in this area and further demonstrates the commitment of all agencies to help reduce flood risk for residents of South Tyneside who were affected by the flooding in 2012.

“Working together and in partnership is essential to reducing flood risk, and both South Tyneside Council and Northumbrian Water are showing how this should be done. This scheme will build on the property level protection measures installed by the Council to homes in Wuppertal Court, as well as the additional surface water gullies installed recently. It is yet another good example of partnership working for the benefit of our local residents.”

It will be necessary to have some traffic management in place during the course of the work. This will include:

• temporary traffic lights on Springwell Terrace from Monday June 9 to Wednesday June 18 2014;
• a rolling road closure along Borough Road from Monday June 2 to Tuesday July 1 2014;
• a rolling road closure along Croft Terrace from Tuesday July 1 to Wednesday 20 August 2014;
• a rolling road closure along Wuppertal Court from Wednesday August 20 to Wednesday October 8 2014;
• a rolling road closure along Hurworth Place from Tuesday September 30 to Friday November 21 2014;
• temporary traffic lights on Croft Terrace from Wednesday November 26 to Friday December 19 2014;
• temporary traffic lights on Croft Terrace from Monday January 5 to Monday January 19 2015.

Properties directly affected by the traffic management will be notified about access and parking restrictions in advance.

Construction vehicles will need access to all working areas and to a temporary site compound, which will be located in the playing field adjacent to Borough Road.

Nobody from Northumbrian Water or their contactor carrying out this work, Esh Construction, will need access into homes while this work is being carried out.

Anyone who requires further information or advice, or has any special requirements, should ring Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100, tweet @nwater_care or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.

For further information contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.

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