Plans to help stop flooding in seaside town

The disused railway line adjacent to Wellwood Street  in Amble.

The disused railway line adjacent to Wellwood Street in Amble.

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Amble residents are invited to hear more about a five-month scheme, costing hundreds of thousands of pounds, to help prevent sewer flooding.

Northumbrian Water has announced it is investing £870,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the town.

The improvement scheme will begin on November 19.

A total of 168 metres of new sewer pipe will be installed at the disused railway line adjacent to Wellwood Street and will reduce the risk of flooding to six properties on Wellwood Street, Middleton Street and King Edward Street.

Customers can find out more about the work and raise questions or concerns at an information session on Wednesday at St Marks URC church hall between 3pm and 7pm.

The company will also be building an underground storm water storage tank in land at the end of King Edward Street.

There will be increased traffic to the site compound at the BT depot off Lindisfarne Road, accessed via Wellwood Street, and for deliveries via Middleton Street.

The water company will be working closely with Northumberland County Council and everything will be done to keep any disruption to a minimum.

Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.

It is unlikely that anyone from the company will need to gain access to customers’ homes while the work is being carried out, but if customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them in to their homes, but instead call the number above to confirm the caller’s identity.