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Phase two of Jarrow flood protection work set to begin

The project could help to avoid a repeat of the scenes, pictured, in Fellgate Avenue, Jarrow, in 2012.
The project could help to avoid a repeat of the scenes, pictured, in Fellgate Avenue, Jarrow, in 2012.

Flooding misery for a South Tyneside estate could soon be consigned to history after the second phase of a major project started.

A £2.5million scheme which upgraded the surface water drainage system on the Fellgate Estate, Jarrow, was completed this year.

The upgraded surface water system and new sustainable drainage systems will jointly reduce the risk of flooding from various areas

Coun Tracey Dixon

Thanks to £800,000 from the Environment Agency, South Tyneside Council and Northumbrian Water are building new sustainable drainage systems at or near Fellgate Primary School, Rochester Square, St Joseph’s Primary School, Lawnsway, Durham Drive (East), Lincoln Way, and Durham Drive (West).

As part of the works, a pond will be created on the playing fields of St Joseph’s School and Fellgate School.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “The upgraded surface water system and new sustainable drainage systems will jointly reduce the risk of flooding from various areas.

“We understand the distress and anxiety flooding causes, which is why we remain committed to doing all we can to alleviate the risk of it happening in the first place. These drainage systems will also create ecological benefits by increasing natural habitats and biodiversity.”

Northumbrian Water’s sustainable sewerage manager, Martin Kennedy, said: “The changing climate means that flash flooding is now more frequent.

“Schemes like this demonstrate the importance of, and our commitment to, working in partnership to manage surface water in a sustainable and innovative way. The fact we can also enhance the environment by creating the ponds is a significant added benefit.”