Mary Visits New Flood Defence!

Mrs Glindon, visited Northumbrian Water’s £6.4 million scheme at Forest Hall and Longbenton recently, to discover how the work will provide peace of mind to her constituents.

Mary also met homeowners who have suffered flooding in the past and who will benefit from the improvement scheme.

The improvement work at Forest Hall and Longbenton has been carried out in two phases. The first phase in Forest Hall, which was completed last month, will reduce the risk of flooding to 13 properties at Otterburn Close and Mead Way.

The work involved upsizing a total of 456 metres of sewer pipe at Otterburn Close, Mead Way and Elsdon Drive, and building a 2.5 million litre, underground storm water storage tank in land near Elsdon Drive.

Construction work recently started on phase two in Longbenton, to reduce the risk of flooding to 80 properties in the area.

The work, which will take until January 2012 to complete, will involve installing 1,800 metres of new sewer pipe, upsizing 270 metres of existing sewer pipe and building a 10.5 million litre, underground storage tank in land between Ongar Way and Quorum business park.

Mary Glindon MP said: “This is a fantastic scheme that Northumbrian Water has decided to invest in in our constituency. I am really pleased that the company is heavily investing in something that will result in bringing peace of mind to my constituents who are at risk of having their homes damaged by the devastating effects of flooding.

“Having worked with Northumbrian Water I know how keen they are to deliver the best service to local people and this multi-million pound project demonstrates that commitment.”

Project manager for the scheme, Lynn Preston, who will accompany Mrs Glindon on the site visit, said: "This flood protection scheme is the result of many years of working in partnership with the residents of Forest Hall and Longbenton, North Tyneside Council, Mary Glindon MP and other agencies, so it’s satisfying to see phase one of the scheme complete and the second phase now underway.

"The visit is an excellent opportunity for Mrs Glindon to see how much has happened since we started work on the scheme."

The flood protection project at Forest Hall and Longbenton is just one of hundreds of schemes Northumbrian Water will carry out over the next five years to reduce the risk of property flooding, at a cost of more than £120 million.

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