Have your say on flood scheme

RESIDENTS can view and comment on plans for Morpeth’s flood alleviation scheme on Tuesday.

The Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council are holding a drop-in at the Town Hall to display information about the project, such as the height and finishes of flood walls in the town, how the upstream storage area will work and an outline timetable for construction.

There will be details about different elements of the scheme by location, for example High Stanners, the town centre and the upstream storage area.

Environment Agency Project Manager Thomasin Meadley, said: “We intend to apply for planning permission later in the summer and are keen to give everyone as much detail as we can ahead of this submission.

“We will welcome feedback on the design of the scheme, our construction timetable and local knowledge of how disruption can be minimised, for example, information on popular school routes and business delivery times.”

Northumbrian Water staff will also be at the event, which will run from 2.30pm to 8pm, to talk to residents about its planned improvement work to help reduce the likelihood of flooding from its sewer network in the Bennetts Walk area and to upgrade Morpeth’s sewage treatment works.

After Tuesday, both information on the main flood scheme and Environment Agency staff will be available for those unable to attend the Town Hall event at Morpeth Library on: Wednesday (2pm to 6pm), Saturday, July 14 (9.30am to 12.30pm), Monday, July 15 (2pm to 6pm), Tuesday, July 16 (9.30am to 12.30pm).

The Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee meets in Morpeth Town Hall on Friday, July 13, from 10.15am until 1pm.

There will be a presentation on the Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme, followed by a Q&A session from 10.50am.