Image demonstrating Haltwhistle flood reduction scheme getting underway

Haltwhistle flood reduction scheme getting underway

Final preparations are underway on a major scheme to reduce the risk of flooding in Haltwhistle.

The £1.5m project will improve the flow of water through the Hemmel Burn as it passes through and under Haltwhistle and cut the risk of flooding in the town for generations to come.

The existing watercourse, piped for much of its length,  is in a poor condition and struggles to cope with the amount of water flowing through it during and after periods of extremely heavy rainfall.

Throughout 2017 and 2018 designers have been working on the scheme, which is technically challenging, due to the shallow depth of the pipe and the fact it runs underneath and very close to a number of homes and buildings.

Once the scheme is complete it will significantly reduce the flood risk in the town to 39 homes.

Balfour Beatty will deliver the construction works from 17th September, aiming for completion by Christmas.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is a major project for the town which has been many months in the planning due to the technical nature of the work.

“We always aim to keep disruption to a minimum while the works are taking place and apologise in advance for any inconvenience  that this work might cause.

“We would encourage local residents to come along to the drop-in session next week to find out more about the project and ask any questions they may have.”

The Council and Balfour Beatty will be holding a drop-in event on Wednesday 12 September between 4pm and 7pm at Haltwhistle Library where members of the public can find out more information about the proposals and how the works will be managed within the town.
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