Funding for the flood scheme

Cllr Steven Bridgett with Netherton residents, Ian Monaghan and Kevin Monaghan from Northumbria Drainage and John Hunter from Northumberland County council at the site where the flood aleviation work is being carried out.
Cllr Steven Bridgett with Netherton residents, Ian Monaghan and Kevin Monaghan from Northumbria Drainage and John Hunter from Northumberland County council at the site where the flood aleviation work is being carried out.

A north Northumberland village which was hit by flooding in 2008 has seen its flood prevention scheme come to fruition.

A number of measures have been put in place in Netherton, with the final piece of the puzzle – a high-flow channel – currently being installed.

The work is due to be completed this week, although there have been some delays due to the weather.

Jack Wilkinson, who set up the village’s flood group, described the project as a ‘fairy tale come true’ and a ‘good news story’.

He thanked the county council for their efforts, local member Coun Steven Bridgett for his dogged efforts, the villagers and all who pushed for the work to be carried out.

Special thanks were made to Jennifer Crane, who has allowed the 300metre channel to be built on her land.

“It’s taken a while but they have come up with a good plan,” said Mr Wilkinson.

“They have put an excellent drainage contractors in, Northumbrian Drainage.

“They are doing an absolutely excellent job.”

Coun Bridgett said: “I would like to thank the residents of Netherton and the parish council for their patience.

“And also a special thanks to Jennifer Crane for allowing the council to use her land.”