Warning over South Tyneside flood relief work

DELAYS ALERT ... Coun John McCabe.

DELAYS ALERT ... Coun John McCabe.

RESIDENTS have been warned to prepare for disruption because of a major anti-flooding scheme in Hebburn.

Seymour Civic Engineering Contractors (CEC) is carrying out the £4.2m project on land between Mountbatten Avenue and Campbell Park Road.

Once completed, the scheme will help protect more than 20 homes in the area from flooding.

But Coun John McCabe, for the Hebburn South ward, said: “I have concerns that not enough people in the area realise this will cause some local disruption, including local road closures. There are lots of pensioners living off Solway Road and Mountbatten Avenue, who will be affected by these works later this summer.

“People have received letters and there have been public consultation events. I just think people in the area need to be more aware of what’s going to happen as a result of the scheme.”

CEC is carrying out the Hebburn scheme on behalf of Northumbrian Water, creating a huge storage tank, capable of holding 8,000 cubic metres of water.

This will tackle problems with excess water, which has repeatedly flooded homes in Thirlmere Court, Hebburn.

About 30 workers are involved in the flood alleviation scheme, which involves the creation of more than 450m of rider sewers and 20 manhole chambers to tackle localised incapacity in the sewer network. A spokesman for Northumbrian Water said the scheme will see the closure of part of Finchale Road, at its junction with Solway Road, plus a single-lane closure in Campbell Park Road, later this year.

The spokesman said: “This is essential work, which will reduce the risk of flooding to 25 homes.

“We’ve sent out 1,900 letters in the area, clearly indicating the nature of the work. We’ve also held a customer information session, and our contractors will knock on doors in the area, a week before any works are due to start.”

Any people in Hebburn with concerns or queries about the anti-flooding scheme should call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100.

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