Blyth included in list of flood defence works

Coun Grant Davey.

Coun Grant Davey.

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Funding for flood defence schemes in Northumberland has been welcomed by Northumberland County Council.

Earlier this month, the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee announced plans to spend £24million over the next 12 months on projects across the North East.

They include the Blyth Tidal Flood Alleviation Scheme, which will reduce the risk of tidal flooding for 737 residential properties and 277 non-residential properties in the town over the next 100 years.

The Environment Agency will work in partnership with the Port of Blyth on this – the agency will contribute £600,000 to the scheme and the Port of Blyth will make a significant financial contribution.

The Port of Blyth will incorporate the design and construction of the flood defences into a wider redevelopment project for the port.The project is currently going through the Environment Agency’s assurance process.

County council leader Grant Davey said: “Protecting and improving the infrastructure of all our towns is vital if they are to continue to flourish and a number of important flood alleviation schemes are in the pipeline for the coming year.”