Flooding concerns raised by Amble councillors

Councillors have raised fresh concerns about flooding close to a new housing site in Amble.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 6:00 am
Gloster Hill in Amble. Picture by Martin Horn

The issue with land near Gloster Hill was raised by Coun Jeff Watson at a meeting of Amble Town Council.

Coun Watson, county councillor for Amble West with Warkworth, said: “I think there is an issue there which is important to both Amble and Warkworth (parish) with the field looking down from Gloster Hill and the new houses being built there. That area is absolutely saturated, absolutely flooded.

“Anyone with a long memory will remember that about 10-12 years ago we had an issue with flooding in that area.”

The town council agreed to write to Northumbrian Water expressing its concerns.Coun Jane Dargue said: “We have already raised concerns and pointed out that the more houses that are built, the worse this issue will get.”

Coun Watson responded: “The problem is that when a planning application goes in and Northumbrian Water says ‘that’s fine, it can cope with it’ then the county council will say it’s okay. But it isn’t okay.”

Coun Watson said he would ask Warkworth Parish Council to write a similar letter of concern.