Helping to protect more properties from flooding


The latest scheme helping to protect 120 homes and businesses from flooding in Chester le Street at a total cost of £7.9 million gets underway this month.

Essential work to upgrade the sewer network costing £2.7 million will reduce the risk of flooding to another twenty two properties and is scheduled to start on Monday 14 July, 2014.

Residents of the Front Street, High Chare and Roman Avenue area are invited to a customer event to find out more details of the scheme where water company and contractor representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

It will be held on Monday 7 July 2014 at the parish church of St Mary & St Cuthbert, Church Chare, between 5pm and 7pm.

Experienced contactors, Seymour Civil Engineering, will carry out the work which will involve the installation of almost 1200 meters of new sewer and is expected to take up to a year to complete.

The work includes:

o the construction of an underground chamber in High Chare, which will be used to install 203 metres of new sewer between High Chare and Roman Avenue using trenchless technology.
o the construction of an underground chamber in Park View School playing field, which will be used to install 75 metres of new sewer under the A167 to a new chamber in Riverside Park using trenchless technology.
o installing 120 metres of new sewer pipe within Riverside Park.
o installing 300 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Roman Avenue and Park View School playing field.
o installing 475 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Front Street.

Construction traffic will be using the main compound near to the riverside sports pavilion and a smaller compound on Cone Terrace near to the leisure centre.

Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, Brian Ford, said: "Although we appreciate that there will be disruption while the work is underway we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme will bring.

"We will do everything we can to minimise any inconvenience and we are working closely with Durham County Council to reduce the impact of the work.

"Work on this scale inevitably requires road closures, traffic lights and diversions and the contractors will inform residents a week before work is due to start in their area.

"This is the latest of the schemes to help protect homes in Chester le Street which started in 2009 helping to protect 120 homes at a total cost of £7.9 million.

"Reducing the risk of flooding to customers’ homes and businesses is one of our top priorities. This is 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," said Brian Ford.

The following roads will be affected during the work: Roman Avenue from the Eardulph Avenue to the Lindisfarne Avenue junctions, High Chare, South Burns, Cone Terrace, Blands Opening, Wesley Terrace, Middle Chare and Front Street.

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

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

Recent Northumbrian Water flood protection schemes in Chester le Street include:

o 76 properties protected - Broadwood View, Rydal road and Coniston Close area - 1920m of new sewer and 2100m3 of on-line storage. Cost: £3.6 million. 2009-2011.
o 13 properties protected in Holmlands Park area - 580m of new sewer. Cost: £0.6 million. 2010 -2011.
o 8 properties protected in Netherton Close area - 575m of new sewer. Cost: £1.0 million. 2013-2014
o 22 properties being protected in the latest scheme in the Front Street, High Chare and Roman Avenue area - 1200m of new sewer. Cost: £2.7m. 2014-2015

For further media information contact Alistair Baker, Media & PR Manager 0191-3016851 / 07711 793493

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