Residents’chance to have their say on flood defences

MORPETH residents will have a few opportunities next month to have their say about detailed proposals for the town’s flood alleviation scheme.

An exhibition is taking place in the Town Hall on Tuesday, July 10, and the next meeting of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee will be held in the same venue on Friday, July 13.

The committee, which includes representatives from local authorities across the North East and residents with areas of expertise, usually meets in Newcastle to get the latest information from and ask questions of Environment Agency officers.

It is having its summer meeting in Morpeth in order to give residents the chance to take part in a Q&A session.

And members have asked the Morpeth Flood Action Group (MFAG) to help them collect questions in advance so officials have time to look into the issue in depth if this is required and give a full response.

Residents can submit their queries at a meeting of MFAG on Monday, July 9, which is being held in the RAFA Club, Wellway, from 7.30pm. Alternatively, they can get in touch with the group via its website – www.morpethfloodaction.org.uk

The Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee meeting will start at 10.15am and the Morpeth Q&A session should be finished by 11am.

The project was given the go-ahead in February after Northumberland County Council agreed to back the scheme financially under a new Government funding model.

It includes new town centre defence walls, the refurbishment, raising and replacement of some existing defences and an upstream storage system on the Mitford Estate.

The project team is aiming to submit a planning application later this summer, once it has received feedback from residents and stakeholders.