£1m scheme will reduce flood danger

WORK to reduce the likelihood of flooding to six properties in Morpeth is set to begin next month.

Northumbrian Water will invest £1m to upgrade the sewer network in the Bennett’s Walk area.

Work will begin on Thursday and take up to five months.

The water company’s project manager, Paul Davison, said: “We will be installing 120 metres of new sewer pipe along sections of Bennett’s Walk and Alexandra Road and constructing a new combined sewer overflow and sewage pumping station in the grassed area adjacent to Alexandra Road.

“We also need to construct a new outfall pipe, through the existing flood defence wall, near Bennett’s Walk.

“The first phase of this work will involve the diversion of gas mains before work on our sewer network can begin on Monday September 24 2012.”

Residents can find out more at a customer event on Wednesday at Morpeth Town Hall (Corn Exchange), Market Place, Morpeth, between 3pm and 8pm.

The Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council will also be on hand to discuss their flood alleviation work within the wider Morpeth area.

Motorists are being advised that Bennett’s Walk will be closed from September 6 to Friday, November 16, and one lane of Alexandra Road will be closed from Monday, October 1, to Friday, December 21.