Bede Burn attenuation basin (next to Toner Avenue school) - work completed by end of 2018
South Tyneside Council were granted funding from the Environment Agency (as part of Living Waterways) to open up a section of the Bede Burn culvert in the green space to the east of Toner Avenue School.
Work began on Monday 26 February and the contractor has now finished the works despite difficult ground conditions due to poor weather.
Tyne Rivers Trust, along with the Environment Agencies' Flood Resilience Team, worked with local schools and community groups to educate them about natural habitat enhancement and sustainable drainage.
With the help of local volunteers, this section of watercourse was landscaped with plants and shrubs, improving the visual amenity of this area, providing a valuable habitat for wildlife.
Works in this area include a shallow grassed attenuation basin (see example image on the plan below), which will store surface water run-off during peak storm events, before draining into the Bede Burn. During drier periods, there will be little to no water stored in this area and can be utilised by the public by using the newly landscaped footpaths.
It is becoming more common for housing developments and amenity areas to construct these open attenuation areas as they are a relatively low cost and a low maintenance way of storing surface water, to better protect properties from flooding.
Campbell Park Road / Coniston Avenue - work complete by end of January 2019 (Traffic management required)
Improved highways drainage and raised road platform will help to protect residents on Finchale Road, Coniston Ave, Penrith Road and Thirlmere Ct by draining into a carrier pipe. This will flow northwards and drain directly into the Bede Burn underneath Adair Way.
Traffic management will temporarily be put back in place at the junction of Campbell Park Road / Finchale Road to finish off the improved highways drainage work.