Pressure is on to deal with water

Councillors are putting pressure on a landowner to take action to alleviate flooding – expressing ongoing concerns about public health and safety.

Northumberland County Council has already written to Harworth Estates to express serious concerns about the health and safety risks associated with deep standing water on its land near the former railway line at Malvins Road in Blyth.

Coun Susan Davey, Northumberland County Councillor for the Cowpen Ward, said: “The council has written to Harworth Estates to ask them exactly what they have done so far to remove the flood water, and what they will continue to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“We also want to know what specific health and safety provisions they have made.”

The company has responded to say that it has installed Heras fencing around the flooded area, is regularly monitoring the site and have recently reinforced the site fencing following repeated unauthorised dismantling.

They say that after the respite from heavy rain the retained water level has fallen and continues to subside, and that the northern pumping station is removing water in the area to the River Blyth.

Harworth Estates say that they aim to provide a long-term solution to these issues through the proposals in a current planning application for the area.