Questions over supermarket site

A supermarket giant which is due to build a store in a seaside town has reassured the community that it has plans in place to protect the site from rising waters, after land nearby flooded last week.

Police were forced to cordon off Rotary Way, between Amble and Warkworth, as water swept across it and poured into neighbouring fields.

The incident prompted reaction on social media, with some voicing concerns about the proximity of the flood to the location of the stalled Tesco eco-store development, earmarked for a plot north of Queen Street and adjacent to The Braid.

But Tesco spokesman, Mark Thomas, said: “Flooding is an issue that we take very seriously.

“We provided a detailed flood-risk assessment as part of our original application and our proposals include major measures to protect against any future flooding.

“These measures include raising the level of the site and access road and creating storage areas to which any floodwaters will be redirected.

“Our proposals were rightly subject to scrutiny by the Environment Agency, water authority and the council.”

County, town and parish councillor Jeff Watson added: “As far as I am aware, the land earmarked for the Tesco site did not flood. The area doesn’t normally flood and last week’s incident was the highest tide for about 60 years. It was an exceptional event.”

The Environment Agency didn’t receive any reports of properties flooding in Amble.