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Northumberland residents to be consulted on flood damage defences

Posted on 25th April 2012

Residents of Morpeth, Northumberland, are to be consulted on new plans for flood damage defences along the River Wansbeck.

Under the new scheme, flood damage defence walls will be built in householders’ gardens and on other land alongside the river. It is hoped that the £21m scheme will protect Morpeth locals from the severe flood damage last seen in the town in 2008.

Environment Agency officials yesterday, providing a progress report, also told the people of Morpeth that proposals for the height and look of the walls would be discussed in separated consultation sessions.

The plans to prevent the need for future flood damage repairs also include a large water storage area on the nearby Mitford Estate. The upstream location will be used to limit the river’s flow through Morpeth when there has been heavy rainfall.

Design work for the plans is now under way. The people of Morpeth were, according to journallive.co.uk, told in the meeting on 24 April that the Environment agency is hoping to submit a planning application to the county council this summer. Building work is scheduled to begin early next year, with the hope that it will be finished by autumn 2014.

Doug Graham, of Mitford Road, Morpeth said to the local news source of the proposals:

“A number of people are concerned about a flood wall being put through our gardens, but if it is for the good of the community we will have to do it.”

It is hoped that the Environment Agency’s flood defences will eradicate the need for future flood damage restoration work in the town.

Image: Copyright Ray Byrne and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Morpeth footbridge (Ray Byrne) / CC BY-SA 2.0

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