An additional £1.75 million is to be invested into a programme of work to help protect homes in North Tyneside from flooding.
Work on Northumbrian Water’s £2.5 million sewer upgrade in North Cullercoats began in May earlier this year.
Now, the water company is extending the programme of work to The Broadway, to further help reduce the risk of flooding, and residents in North Tyneside are being invited to find out more about and give their feedback on the plans.
The customer information session is to be held on Tuesday October 20 2015 between 4.00pm and 8.00pm at Tyneside City Learning Centre, Hartington Road, Cullercoats NE30 3RZ.
Experts from Northumbrian Water and contractor, Esh Group, will be on hand to answer any queries about the scheme and speak through the proposals in detail.
The proposed scheme extension is due to begin Monday November 16 2015 and is expected to take up to nine months to complete.
Work will involve the installation of 290 metres of new sewer pipes and manholes in the junction and verges of Hartington Road with The Broadway, and in the Links Avenue edge of Cullercoats Football Club’s playing fields.
An underground storage tank will be installed to the east end of the football club’s playing fields, capable of holding up to one million litres of water during times of heavy rainfall.
Graeme Ridley, Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, said: “We appreciate the devastating impact flooding can have on residents and businesses and we’re committed to working in partnership with North Tyneside Council to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.
“We’re upgrading the network that serves Cullercoats and looking at local solutions, in order to be better prepared for the future.
“I encourage people to go along to the customer information session to find out more and give feedback about the proposed scheme."
The water company is also working in partnership with Cullercoats Football Club, who have stated: "We fully appreciate and support the need to protect local residents from the risk of flooding, whilst seeking to maintain our valued community facility for the enjoyment of all.”
It will be necessary to have some temporary traffic management in place on The Broadway and Harrington Road during the course of the works, and the water company are working closely with North Tyneside Council to keep disruption to a minimum.
Phil Scott, Head of Environment, Housing and Leisure at North Tyneside Council added: “Flood prevention remains a council priority, and along with our partners, we are working extremely hard to minimise the risk and impact of future incidents.
“I would really encourage residents to attend this event – as well as having a chance to find out first hand about what the plans are and why they are needed, they will also be able to chat to staff and share their views on the scheme.”
Northumbrian Water’s community portal, www.nw-northcullercoatsproject.co.uk, which was designed to support the original flood alleviation scheme in North Cullercoats, will also be extended to cover the work on this particular scheme.
Residents will be able to find project related news, check traffic management and receive general information and support throughout the scheme on the website.
Flooding works in the borough are overseen by the North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership, which brings together a range of organisations to help improve how the borough prepares for and deals with future flooding incidents.
For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.
For more information contact Janine Scott, 0191 301 6713.
The North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership brings together North Tyneside Council and its technical business partner Capita with Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and the area’s emergency services to deliver a package of improvements and co-ordinate a borough Flood Risk Management Strategy.