£1.4 million flood reduction scheme


More than one million pounds is to be spent to reduce the risk of flooding in Westerhope, Newcastle.

Northumbrian Water is to begin the £1.4 million scheme, to help protect 13 homes from flooding, this month.

Properties on Baybridge Road and Harburn Drive will benefit from the work, which will begin on Monday July 28 2014 and take up to six months to complete.

More than one kilometre of new sewer pipe will be installed along Hillhead Way and Naworth Drive and a tank, which will hold up to 225,000 litres of storm water in times of heavy rainfall, will be constructed in Westerhope Community Centre playing fields.

Chris Austin, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Weather patterns are changing and in the past few years we have seen an increase in flash flooding. This work will not only reduce the risk of properties flooding, but also help us to be prepared for the future as we experience more frequent storms.

“We have written to residents in the area giving them information about this work and have also invited them to a customer information event we are holding on Thursday July 24 2014, between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, at Westerhope Community Centre, to find out more about this project and how it may affect them. I encourage residents to come along – representatives from Northumbrian Water and our contractor, Seymour Civil Engineering, who are carrying out this work, will be on hand to give advice and answer any questions.”

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place. Rolling road and footpath closures will be in place along Harburn Drive, Hillhead Way and Naworth Drive from mid-August to Friday December 12 2014.

A single lane closure and footpath closure will also be in place along Greenway, Stamfordham Road and Hillhead Road from mid-August to Friday December 14 2014.

Mr Austin reassures residents: “Disruption is inevitable with work of this nature. I would like to assure residents and commuters that we will do what we can to keep any inconvenience to a minimum and would like to thank them for their patience in advance. Anyone with any concerns about this work should please ring us as soon as possible.”

For further information contact Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or on twitter @nwater_care.

For further information contact Cara Charlton on 0191 301 6720.

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