Scheme to tackle flooding to begin


Nearly one million pounds is to be invested to reduce the risk of flooding to homes on the outskirts of Stanley.

Northumbrian Water will begin the five-month programme of work in Harelaw and Dipton on Monday October 27.

The work will involve the installation of 747m of new sewer pipe along North Road, Harelaw, Harelaw Gardens, Harelaw and North Road, Dipton. A tank, which will hold up to 535,000 litres of storm water in times of heavy rainfall will also be constructed in a farmers field in Harelaw.

Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd will carry out the £939,486 scheme on behalf of the water company.

Residents in the area have been invited to attend a customer information session on Wednesday October 8 at Harelaw School, Catchgate, Annfield Plain, Stanley, DH9 8DT between 4.00pm and 7.30pm. Experts from Northumbrian Water and their contractor and consultant will be on hand to answer any queries or concerns.

Kevin Fleming, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said:"With weather patterns changing we need to ensure we are prepared for the future and reducing the risk of flooding is one of our top priorities.

"I would like to encourage residents to come along to our customer information session to find out, in more detail, how this work will impact on them. Residents and commuters should be assured that we are working closely with Durham County Council to do all we can to keep disruption and inconvenience to a minimum."

Temporary traffic management will be in place throughout the course of the work and construction traffic will need access to all working areas and to Northumbrian Water’s site compound, which will be located on land to the west of North Road.

For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.

For further information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.

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