Flood-hit families want action sooner, not later

FLOODING ... at The Hollow on the Fellgate estate in Jarrow.
FLOODING ... at The Hollow on the Fellgate estate in Jarrow.

FRUSTRATED residents are not prepared to wait forever for anti-flooding measures on a South Tyneside estate, water board bosses have been told.

Dozens of people on the Fellgate Estate in Jarrow have been repeatedly hit by flooding in recent years, due to water running off a nearby farmer’s field into their homes.

The Hollow and properties off Durham Drive have been flooded numerous times, sparking demands for action from water board and council bosses.

But while a report responding to a residents’ petition calling for action will be discussed at a meeting of South Tyneside Council’s Jarrow and Boldon community area forum on Thursday, the authority has warned that no major anti-flooding works are imminent.

Fellgate and Hedworth ward councillor Linda Hemmer said: “Residents on the estate are not willing to wait forever for this work to take place.

“While I understand that officials are looking at problems on the Fellgate Estate as a whole, I would not like to see residents go through another bad winter, with the risk of more flooding.

“I’d like to see the work start as soon as possible.”

Fellow ward councillor Alan Smith said: “I completely understand where people are coming from, but the danger is that we do piecemeal works, which impact badly on other parts of the estate.

“We can’t have short-term fixes, but while it looks as though works will not be carried out in the near future, we cannot still be talking about these problems in three or four years’ time.”

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