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Work to clear the Wansbeck

Environment Agency flood defence work at Middle Green, Morpeth.
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Environment Agency flood defence work at Middle Green, Morpeth. REF 0608142999

Work is under way to clear gravel build-up in the River Wansbeck.

The Environment Agency will remove material from a number of locations around Morpeth over the next four weeks.

Work has begun at the river bank at Stobs Ford and will be followed by reducing the height of the island downstream of the stepping stones.

Material will then be cleared from a bank between Chantry Footbridge and Bennett’s Walk.

Earlier this year, the agency removed a substantial amount of gravel near Oliver’s Mill.

The project is designed to improve river flow and maintain the gravel at a level in line with the design of the Morpeth flood alleviation scheme.

It will also create wider wet margins at the water’s edge to help maintain biodiversity along the river.

When work is completed, the area will be surveyed to inform a gravel management plan.

Flood Risk Management Officer David Clark said: “This is important work to maintain the levels of gravel that can accumulate in the river over time. By removing material at key points in the watercourse and monitoring the river over time, we can ensure that the water can flow freely and safely through the town’s defences.”

For more information about the work, call into the Environment Agency’s flood centre in Newgate Street.

 

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