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Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme

What you need to know

The Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme is now over half way through its construction phase. The scheme is progressing well and work will continue throughout the rest of the year.

Flood protection work at the back of St Joseph's School is now complete and the improved surface water draining on Mill Lane is set to be completed by October.

Temporary walkways or diversions are in place to allow the footway access to remain open.

Work across the Borough is taking place between 7.30am - 6pm. Every effort is being made to keep noise and disruption to a minimum.

Works on the two detention basin areas (to capture surface water when it floods) towards the back of Toner Avenue School opposite the Lukes Lane estate is nearly complete.

It is hoped that over 100 properties will be better protected as a result.

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    Reducing Flood Risk

    Why are these works necessary?

    During heavy rainfall, surface water flows have the potential to severely damage properties and businesses.

    The Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme will further protect properties from the effects of flooding from surface water.

    Who is carrying out the work?

    Civil Engineers, Balfour Beatty, and Designers, Royal Haskoning DHV, have been appointed by South Tyneside Council to deliver this scheme.

    As well as engineering works, the Council worked with Tyne Rivers Trust to landscape the newly opened Bede Burn, next to Toner Avenue School.

    For more information on this work visit Tyne Rivers Trust.

    Will there be any traffic management during the construction phase?

    Traffic management is needed in specific areas during construction to help improvements to local surface water drainage.

    We will try to work methodically to coordinate these works and consider other developments being delivered at the same time within the local area to prevent crossover.

    How much is the scheme costing and who is paying for it?

    By raising the standard of protection for properties around the Monkton area, the scheme will cost roughly £2.5m and is part funded by the Environment Agency.

    Consultation plans and timescales

    Construction work for the Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme is being carried out across the below areas and indicative construction timescales about each of these locations are detailed below.

    Please note, dates are subject to change.

    Lukes Lane estate - work complete by the end of February 2019 (Traffic management required)

    Construction of an attenuation basin to the west of the Lukes Lane estate to capture overland flows from the fields, together with upgraded highways drainage.

    This will result in a better standard of property protection.

    Lukes Lane and Monkton Lane - Construction drawing 11.2MB
    Lukes Lane and Monkton Lane - Construction drawing 22.09MB
    Lukes Lane and Monkton Lane - Construction drawing 31.75MB

    Mill Lane - work complete by end of October 2018 (Traffic management required)

    A swale to the back of St Josephs School will help to prevent surface water from reaching Mill Lane, Crawley Avenue and College Road.

    Any residual flows will be picked up on Mill Lane and diverted into improved highways drainage.

    Mill Lane and St Josephs - Construction drawing697.52KB

    Lilac Walk - work complete by end of February 2019

    A series of drains will collect surface water flows within Lilac Walk, with improved highways drainage on Mountbattern Avenue and Kelly Road to better protect residents from surface water flooding. 

    Lilac Walk - Construction drawing1.13MB

    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.

    Bede Burn - Landscaping plan319.82KB

    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.

    Campbell Park Road - Construction drawing1.78MB

      More information

      If you have any questions about the Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme, call 0191 424 7887 or email

      For more information and advice about flooding please see Flood and Coastal Risk Management.

      To find out more about how you can protect yourself against the effects of flooding and to sign up to the Environment Agency flood alerts, visit Environment Agency: Floods destroy


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