MP’s delight over start of project at Cotting Burn

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

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Work beginning on a scheme to reduce the risk of flooding on the Cotting Burn has been welcomed by Morpeth’s MP.

This particular initiative includes an upstream storage area and dam on a smaller scale to the one on the River Wansbeck at Mitford.

Once complete, the burn will have more capacity during high flows – better protecting homes and businesses from flooding.

Ian Lavery, MP for the Wansbeck constituency, said: “I am incredibly pleased to see that the final stages of the flood alleviation scheme are under way in Morpeth.

“Seeing the devastation that flooding has brought to the town in the past, I have been pleased to work with the Environment Agency to deliver results for residents in the town.”

“I would like to pay tribute to the efforts of the Morpeth Flood Action Group for its tireless work. I hope the scheme now means that people living near the Cotting Burn can know that they are adequately protected.

“To represent such vocal and vibrant communities as we have here in Wansbeck is an absolute and utter privilege.

“That residents near the Cotting Burn are reassured of the safety and security of their property is absolutely vital.”

The project is an important part of the Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council’s joint £27million flood alleviation scheme.