Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and Newcastle City Council worked together to reduce the risk of flooding in Brunton Park.
The work on the Brunton Park estate is now complete.
The scheme which involved the construction of almost 2 kilometres of new sewer, roughly 600 metres of flood defence walls, an underground storage tank, creation of a surface water storage basin and embankment and diversion of the Ouseburn has significantly reduced the risk of flooding to over 100 properties within the estate.
The temporary compound on Lincoln Green was reinstated in at the end of August 2016 and a temporary post and wire fence installed around the area. We are aware that there is localised standing water on the reinstated area and will look to address this in early Spring. Once we are satisfied that the grass is suitably established and field drainage is addressed, we will remove the temporary fence and install the new football goal posts.
The SuDs basin reinstated is also establishing nicely and we expect this to flourish in the Spring with a mix of meadow grass and wild flower.
We are also actively looking to improve the water quality in the old Ouseburn channel that now forms part of the SuDs storage basin. We have completed the majority of misconnection surveys within targeted areas of the estate and are working closely with individual residents to ensure that household waste drainage is connected correctly.
We are also looking to run a campaign to encourage people to think about what they put down surface water drains. You may notice small plaques, which feature a yellow fish and the words ‘Don’t pollute – drains to river’, being installed next to a number of surface water gullies within the estate as a reminder.
We would like to thank you for your support throughout the project. We recognise this vital work has caused disruption across the estate and your continued patience has been greatly appreciated.