Scheme to tackle flooding to begin


More than one million pounds is to be invested to help protect homes from flooding in North Shields.

Northumbrian Water will begin the £1.75 million programme of work in Chirton, North Shields on Monday November 9, 2015.

During the eight-month scheme, 750 metres of existing sewer pipe will be upsized to help reduce the likelihood of flooding to homes in Burt Avenue and Front Terrace.

A storage tank, capable of holding 750,000 litres of water in times of heavy rainfall will also be constructed in Collingwood playing fields. The work will be carried out by Lumsden and Carroll.

Ian Davison, Project Manager of the scheme, said: “We’re doing a lot of work across the region, to help reduce the risk of flooding to our customer’s homes and businesses.

“We know how devastating flooding can be so upgrading our vast sewer network is one of our top priorities in order to be prepared for the future.

“Inevitably, there will be some temporary road closures while we access the sewer pipes in the highway, but we are working closely with North Tyneside Council to keep disruption to a minimum.”

The following roads will be affected during the course of the work: Front Street, Silkey’s Lane, Burt Avenue, Heaton Terrace and West Percy 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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