HERALD COMMENT: Residents must get details of delays

WATCH any renovation or building programme and there appear to be two certainties – the project will run over time and over budget.

It should be no surprise, therefore, that something as huge and complicated as the Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme is facing similar problems. The difference is the numbers, on all accounts.

When a home-improvement scheme faces such difficulties, it is a nasty headache for the resident and their family, who may have to find thousands of pounds out of nowhere and live out of boxes for a little longer.

With the flood scheme, there are about 1,000 residents and businesses in desperate need of urgent protection, and there could be £3million to find.

These people need to know down to the last detail why things are not going entirely to plan, and more importantly, how the situation will be turned around to give the grand design they hoped for in the time they originally expected.

The pictures coming from the south of England at present are an unnecessary reminder of what is at stake.