Plans to protect a community in South Tyneside from flooding misery are set to be stepped up next week.
Design proposals for the Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme will go on show, with about 100 households and businesses in line to benefit.
The scheme involves managing surface water where problems have been identified across the Monkton and Hebburn South areas of the borough.
It was designed after a consultation exercise with residents, South Tyneside Council and its partners, Balfour Beatty and Royal Haskoning.
The scheme will be available to view at a drop-in event next Thursday at Hebburn Central, in Glen Street, between 3.30pm and 7pm.
People will have the chance to talk to the council’s development services team about the plans for the area, and sign up for regular updates about the project.
Coun Moira Smith, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “Due a number of factors, such as the nearby Monkton Burn and overland flow, this particular area has experienced flooding at times of heavy rainfall and extreme weather and is at risk of further problems in the future.
“We hope that through the development of this scheme, we can control the flow of surface water away from properties, providing some extra protection and reassurance to local residents and businesses.
“The drop-in session offers local people an opportunity to see the design proposals and talk to the project team in more detail about what is planned in the area.”
Problems have been identified around the Monkton Burn, Lukes Lane Estate and Leam Lane area, Mill Lane, Lilac Walk/College Road, Devon Road, Campbell Park Road/Thirlmere Court and Mountbatten Avenue areas.
We can put measures in place to help reduce the impact of flooding on our communities, when it does occurCoun Moira Smith
Measures include improved drainage, swales and grassed attenuation basins.
There will also be opportunities for local people and schoolchildren to get involved.
Coun Smith added: “It is not possible to guarantee that an area will be completely flood free.
“However, we can put measures in place to help reduce the impact of flooding on our communities, when it does occur.”
It is hoped that work on site will begin as early as next year and is expected to last up to 10 months.
Those unable to attend the drop-in but would like more information can call 0191 424 7887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.