Play park swings into action

Paul Davison, and parish councillor, Val Hay, with local children.

12.08.2016

Children have helped to mark the opening of a new play park in Newcastle.

Click here for short video of event.

The Lincoln Green play park at Brunton Park had to be rebuilt after the previous one was removed while work was carried out by Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency on a £7 million joint flood reduction scheme.

The Brunton Park scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to more than one hundred properties in Mitford Gardens, Princes Close, Fairway Close, Princes Road, Waterbury Road and Clayworth Road. The sources of flooding in the area came from Northumbrian Water’s sewer network and the River Ouseburn. Work began in 2014 and is due to be complete by next month.

North Gosforth Parish Council, which owns the land the play park is on, gave permission to use this land with the promise of a new play park for the residents of Brunton Park.

After consultation with the community, the parish council and Newcastle City Council plans were drawn up for the new play park, which was recently completed.

To thank the community for their patience while this major flood scheme was carried out, and to mark the opening of the new children’s play area, a celebration party was held recently. Local families from Brunton Park attended and youngsters tried out the new play equipment, which includes slides, swings, a roundabout and bouncers.

Northumbrian Water provided cakes, sweets and balloons and the utility’s project manager, Paul Davison, was joined by Environment Agency staff to speak to residents about the scheme.

Val Hay, parish councillor said “We are delighted with the new play park and appreciate all the work Northumbrian Water has put into making this an interesting and challenging play park. It was lovely to see so many happy faces, I hope lots of children will enjoy playing here for many years to come.”

Northumbrian Water’s project manager, Paul Davison, expressed his thanks to the local community: “On behalf of Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and Newcastle City Council I would like to thank local residents for their patience and cooperation while we carried out our flood reduction scheme as we appreciate it caused disruption and inconvenience. We are very grateful to North Gosforth Parish Council for the use of the play park land while the work was carried out.

“It was important to us to make sure the local community were happy with the new play park so we asked for their feedback on our initial plans, which we altered to reflect their views. Everyone is delighted with the final result, especially children from the area, which is great!

Reducing flood risk is one of our top priorities. It is the first time that Northumbrian Water has worked on a scheme which has involved creating a section of new river channel so that the current channel can be used for storage. This is an innovative and creative solution which will enable us to manage surface water in the natural environment.”

The Environment Agency’s Tina Robinson added: “It was great to see so many happy faces at the celebration event; Northumbrian Water has done an excellent job in listening to the community when it comes to providing new play equipment for the area.

“It was a way of saying thank you to the community for their continued patience, as we understand large-scale projects such as this inevitably bring some disruption. The Brunton Park scheme is a vital project which will bring long-term benefits to the community, something which the community recognises.”

The scheme involved installing 380 metres of new river channel to divert the Ouseburn from Brunton Park estate, constructing 650 metres of flood defences (walls and earth embankment), using the current section of Ouseburn river channel and a new storage basin to drain and store more than seven million litres of surface water and installing two kilometres of new sewer pipe and a new storage tank, which will hold up to 450,000 litres of water.

The newly created river channel and storage basin, known as SuDS (sustainable urban drainage system), will also create a valuable habitat for wildlife. Kingfisher perches and an otter holt will also be installed.

For further information please contact Judith Huffee on 0191 301 6772 or at Judith.huffee@nwl.co.uk.

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