£1.2million flood scheme to start in Wallsend


An essential flood protection scheme is to start in Wallsend next month.

Northumbrian Water is investing £1.2 million to upgrade the sewer network in Kelso Gardens, Ridley Avenue, Monmouth Gardens, Melrose Gardens and Henley Gardens.

The five-month scheme, which begins on Monday June 9 2014, will involve upsizing 650 meters of existing sewer pipe in the area. A tank which will store storm water in times of heavy rainfall will also be constructed in the open space east of Henley Gardens.

Northumbrian Water is investing £150 million between 2010 and 2015 to help protect areas throughout the region that are prone to flooding.

Ian Davison, project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding to customers’ homes and businesses is one of our top priorities. This is just one of dozens of improvement schemes we will be carrying out throughout the region, over the next couple of years, to upgrade our vast sewer network and reduce the risk of homes flooding.

“Although we appreciate there will be disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme brings. We are working closely with North Tyneside Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience.”

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place during the course of this essential work. Road closures will be in place during the work on Kelso Gardens, Ridley Avenue, Monmouth Gardens, Melrose Gardens and Henley Gardens. Customers living on these streets have been notified in advance about the work.

Construction traffic will need access to the area where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, which is to be located on open space east of Henley Gardens.

During the work on Ridley Avenue, Go North East bus diversions and a shuttle service will be in place. Residents are asked to park courteously along the diversionary route.

Customers who would like further information or have any special requirements, should call Northumbrian Water’s customer centre on 0845 717 1100 or visit www.nwl.co.uk.

Northumbrian Water will not need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in Wallsend and residents should be vigilant of bogus callers posing as officials from the water company.

For more information, contact Janine Scott, Corporate Affairs Advisor, on 0191 301 6713 or Janine.scott@nwl.co.uk

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