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Monkton Flood Scheme Scoops Sustainability Award
A scheme to protect around 100 homes and from flooding has scooped a top award.
The £2.5m Monkton Flood Alleviation Scheme put measures in place to tackle surface water flooding in areas including Monkton Burn, Lukes Lane Estate and the Leam Lane area, Mill Lane, Lilac Walk, College Road, Campbell Park Road, Thirlmere Court and Mountbatten Avenue
Surface water is rainwater, which does not drain or soak away into the ground, but lies or flows over the ground instead.
The improvements were delivered by a partnership between South Tyneside Council, Tyne Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency, which largely funded the scheme. It was completed in March 2019 and has now picked up the award for Sustainability at the Flood and Coast Project Excellence Awards.
Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: "I am delighted that the Monkton scheme has been given this award. The whole project is an excellent example of agencies coming together to provide a long term sustainable solution to the issue of surface water flooding in this community. Well done to all those involved."
The Sustainability Awards goes to a team or individual who has gone the extra mile to help create a better place for people and wildlife.
Part of the scheme involved opening up a section of the Bede Burn, which had previously flowed completely underground. The process - known as 'daylighting' - also involved local community groups and schoolchildren enjoying planting activities. It has seen the site transformed into a new green space for the benefit of the whole community while also providing a valuable new habitat for wildlife.
Liz Walters, Project Manager at Tyne Rivers Trust said: "The local community and school pupils did a fantastic job in helping us to plant up the area around the Bede Burn. This award reflects the important role that both groups played in creating, what has become, an attractive and wildlife-rich green space as well as functioning as a flood storage basin."
The range of improvements carried out will help to control the flow of surface water, diverting it away from local residents and businesses, which have been badly affected in the past. While guarantees can never be made that an area will be completely flood free, these measures in the Monkton scheme go a long way to providing an increased level of protection for properties as well as greater peace of mind for local people with the added benefit of an enhanced local environment.
The scheme was sympathetically designed and constructed to partially mimic natural flood processes.
The work also included improving the drainage and landscaping near Toner Avenue School and, as part of uncovering the Bede Burn, an attenuation basin to store run-off water during storms was created.
Tom Pitman, Project Manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Seeing the Monkton Flood Alleviation scheme pick up a Sustainability Award at the Project Excellence Awards 2019 is testimony to the hard work and vision of multiple parties coming together to collaborate on this project. The scheme was thoughtfully designed and constructed with the environment firmly in mind. With the inclusion of improved habitats through the Living Waterways initiative, as well as amenity areas that residents can now enjoy, whilst being better protected from surface water flooding."
The scheme took around 12 months to complete and was designed by Royal Haskoning DHV with the engineering works delivered by contractor Balfour Beatty.