Market traders in South Tyneside are getting vital protection – from the elements – after new drainage measures to combat heavy rainfall were hailed a success.
South Tyneside Council instructed contractors Bomer and Kirkland to install additional measures to drain rainwater from South Shields Market Place after a deluge caused pooling of water in South Shields last month.
Stallholders aired their frustration at rainwater pooling in the centre of the market, next to the Old Town Hall but have backed the improvements.
Trader David Milligan, who sells hats, socks and plastic flowers, said: “There has been an awful lot of rainfall recently but the measures put in by the council have avoided any flooding.
“The improvements to the Market Place have really enhanced the area.”
Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “The remedial works appear to have significantly reduced the risks of further flooding, although these measures can never completely guarantee that the area will not be flooded in the event of extreme weather.”
The market was recently fitted with a new canopy around the perimeter of the market, designed to provide additional weather protection as well as providing cover for other activities and events on the market.
The canopy is fitted with internal drainage systems and is understood to be functioning well.