Residents and businesses in a flood risk South Tyneside community can find out more about work set to start on helping to further protect their properties.
The Monkton Flood Alleviation Project will help to reduce the risk of flooding across the Monkton and Hebburn South areas of the Borough. Around 100 households and commercial properties are set to benefit from the scheme, which is due to start in the coming weeks.
South Tyneside Council is working with its partners, including the Environment Agency and Tyne Rivers Trust to deliver the improvements.
Local residents and businesses will get the chance to talk to the project team, see the detailed designs for the area as well as sign up for regular updates, at a third and final drop in session taking place on Thursday 22 February, from 3.30pm to 7pm, at Hebburn Central, in Glen Street, Hebburn.
Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council, said: "We know only too well the devastation and disruption caused by flooding, particularly in this area.
"This scheme aims to increase the level of protection and reassurance for local residents and businesses by helping to control the flow of surface water away from properties at times of heavy rainfall.
"We are committed to keeping the local community updated on progress for the scheme. This drop in session gives people another chance to meet the team and find out more about the measures being taken to provide better protection for properties across the area."
The scheme involves managing surface water where problems have been identified around the Monkton Burn, Lukes Lane Estate and Leam Lane area, Mill Lane, Lilac Walk/College Road, Devon Road, Campbell Park Road/Thirlmere Court and Mountbatten Avenue areas.
Measures include improved drainage, swales and grassed attenuation basins, which not only help to hold surface water run-off but have a wider social and environmental benefit, such as providing a valuable new wildlife habitat. There will also be opportunities for local people and school children to get involved in improving the green space through planting activities.
The new surface water scheme comes following work by Northumbrian Water to improve the sewage drainage network.
It is expected to take around ten months to complete. Traffic management measures will be put in place in certain areas during construction, with works near school sites scheduled to take place during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption.
Anyone who is unable to attend the session but would like to find out more about the scheme can contact the Monkton Flood Alleviation Project team on (0191) 424 7941or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information is also available on the Council's website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/monktonfas