Councillors call for action on flood site

Councillors are demanding action over flooding near a new housing development in Blyth.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 20 February, 2016, 07:50
The surface water near Malvins Road in Blyth.

Cowpen ward county councillor Susan Davey and Blyth town council leader Ken Ellis are joining forces to tackle a huge issue as surface water is collecting near the development close to the old railway line at Malvins Road.

The problems have emerged during recent floods in the area.

Coun Susan Davey said: “We’ve got to tackle this issue before it becomes a real danger to the local community.

“Not doing something is not an option and I’m writing to the council’s environmental health officials to put more pressure the developers to rectify their mistakes.”

Coun Ken Ellis, leader of Blyth Town Council, added: “Gleeson’s have created this problem by creating an unnatural ‘dam’ which stops water from draining away and we’ve now got a deep ‘mini lake’ right next to the sewage pumping station.

“We’ve got to work quickly to resolve this serious issue which is posing an ‘imminent danger.’”

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “We are aware of this issue and are investigating what can be done to deal with this standing water.”

A spokesperson for Gleeson Homes added: “The land which is subject to the new ponding area is away from our building site and is in the ownership of Harworth Estates who have assured us that there will be no overflow either onto our site or existing properties.”