Plan to get flood works approved by end of year

Flooding in Morpeth , September 25th 2012
Flooding in Morpeth , September 25th 2012

WORK is continuing to try to get the Morpeth flood alleviation scheme approved before Christmas.

Members of Morpeth Town Council were told by county council planning officer Tony Carter that he and his colleagues are aiming to get all the necessary reports done so the application can be determined in December.

And both the county council and Environment Agency want all parts of the project to be considered at the same time.

The proposal, which involves an upstream storage dam on the Mitford Estate, building new flood defences in the town where none currently exist and improving existing walls and embankments where needed, was lodged in early September.

At a meeting of the town council’s planning and transport committee, Mr Carter said: “Although we are trying to get the reports completed in the next three weeks, rest assured we are going through each section of the application with a fine tooth comb.

“The highways department is quite happy with the vehicular movements in Morpeth during the works, but it does have concerns about them in Mitford, so negotiations are on-going over a possible alternative route.”

The committee welcomed the application, although members did make some comments they hope will be addressed.

They include parkin for contractors as work will take place across the town centre, making sure big events such as the Morpeth Gathering and a major duathlon on Easter Monday – which require road closures – are not affected and ensuring noise does not disturb residents or town activities.

Committee chairman Graeme Trotter aid: “The scheme will provide vital flood defences for residents across Morpeth and so we hope it will be progressed as quickly as possible.”