Flood walls work begins

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CONSTRUCTION work on Morpeth’s new flood defences is due to start next week.

Work will get under way in High Stanners as part of the town’s £21million flood alleviation scheme delivered by the Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council.

Contractor Birse will make a temporary haul road through the middle of the area to prepare for the creation of a new embankment and two flood walls near Oldgate Bridge and Skinnery Bridge.

Traditional-style bricks will be used for most of the walls, broken up by natural stone at the entrances to three flood gates, which will allow easy access to the riverside, but will be closed if flooding is likely.

The work is expected to take four or five months, depending on weather conditions.

The riverside footpath will remain open and Skinnery Footbridge will be open as much as possible, but may have to be closed during work to the flood wall.

For details, visit the Flood Scheme Information Centre in Newgate Street.