£400,000 sewerage update

A £400,000 sewerage upgrade will be carried out in Hepscott to reduce flooding risk.

Northumbrian Water is planning to upsize 95m of sewer pipe along Hepscott Main Street and install 350m of pipe in farmland off South Terrace.

The five month improvement scheme, which begins on Monday, June 6, will provide an additional 290,000 litres of storm water storage, reducing the flood risk to five local properties.

Part of Hepscott Main Street, between Heathlands and Burnbrae, will be closed from Monday, June 20, to Wednesday, August 31, while work is carried out, and construction traffic will need access to sites, including a compound in farmland off South Terrace and Fieldhouse Lane.

However, the water company is working with Northumberland County Council on its plans to try to keep disruption to a minimum.

Villagers are invited to a drop-in information session at Hepscott Village Hall on Wednesday, from 4pm to 7pm, to find out more about the work.

Project Manager Simon Bligh said: “Northumbrian Water appreciates that flooding is distressing for customers and this latest scheme in Hepscott is just one of hundreds we will carry out over the next five years to reduce the risk of property flooding, at a cost of more than £120million.

“I would encourage residents affected by the work to come along to the customer information session to find out more and discuss any concerns they may have.”

It is unlikely that any company staff will need access to homes for the work so if residents are in any doubt about a caller claiming to be from Northumbrian Water they should not let them in, but call the customer care centre to check their identity.

For more information call 0845 717 1100 or visit www.nwl.co.uk