WATCH: Praise for flood defence scheme and surface water project works starting soon

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Construction works on a project to tackle surface water issues in Morpeth are set to start in April.

The announcement was made by Northumberland County Council during the visit of Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey on Tuesday – she saw the dam on the Mitford Estate that forms a key part of the £27million Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Pictured by the dam on the Mitford estate are, from left, Environment Agency area director Oliver Harmar, Environment Agency board director Lynne Frostick, Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan, Coun Ian Swithenbank and Floods Minister Therese Coffey. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Pictured by the dam on the Mitford estate are, from left, Environment Agency area director Oliver Harmar, Environment Agency board director Lynne Frostick, Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan, Coun Ian Swithenbank and Floods Minister Therese Coffey. Picture by Jane Coltman.

She gave it high praise and also said ideas from it can be picked out to help schemes in other parts of the country.

The separate surface water initiative has been developed over the last few years. A further £1.35million will be invested, this includes £550,000 from the county council.

Works will be carried out at six ‘vulnerable locations’ across the town: Mitford Road, Copper Chare, Low Stanners, Middle Greens, High Stanners and Morpeth Common.

They will include traditional highway drainage, new green infrastructure, resilience measures and individual property protection.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, the county council’s cabinet member for local services, said: “The Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme is a great example of agencies working together on a hugely ambitious engineering project, which has safeguarded thousands of residents.

“We have now developed proposals to better manage surface water as part of the final phase of works to manage flood risk in the town.

“The plans, which have been developed in partnership with Northumbrian Water and agreed with the Environment Agency, will improve drainage at six high risk locations across Morpeth. We’re looking to begin construction in April for completion by February 2018.”

Dr Coffey and Coun Swithenbank feature in the video that was filmed by Jane Coltman.