A £2.3m programme of works to reduce flooding risk in a Cleveland village has been announced by Northumbrian Water.

The organisation has launched a consultation exercise with residents of Great Ayton to discuss improvements to the village sewer system.


Engineers have identified an opportunity to reduce the risk of flooding in Roseberry Crescent and are developing proposals for the installation of 1,300m of surface water and foul water sewer, to alleviate the risk of flooding.


Ashley Ferguson, Northumbrian Water′s Project Manager, said: "Looking after the environment and reducing the risk of flooding to homes and businesses are two of our top priorities.


"As part of this commitment, we would like to work closely with the Great Ayton community to not only manage and reduce flood risk in their area, but also to ensure that we reduce the impact of our work on residents as much as we can."


Views and comments on the proposals are being sought from village residents at an event with the Northumbrian Water project team on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at The Royal Oak Hotel, 123 High Street, Great Ayton, TS9 6BW between 3.00pm and 7.00pm, where the scheme will be outlined in more detail.


The work is scheduled to be carried out by Northumbrian Water′s partner, ESH Construction from early May 2018 to March 2019 in Roseberry Crescent, Roseberry Road, Roseberry Avenue, Wheatlands and Newton Road, Great Ayton and also within part of the estate of Cleveland Lodge.


Ashley added: "We are looking at opportunities to separate surface water from the public sewer by using rainwater gardens, ponds or grassed detention basins or swales, which will have a wider social and environmental benefit, including the creation of valuable wildlife habitat.


"We really want to work with the local community on these sustainable drainage solutions, or ‘SuDs′ as we call them, and we are keen to hear about any flooding issues that people may have witnessed or experienced in the areas we are targeting."


More information about this project and regular updates as work progress can be viewed on the company′s community portal at www.nwlcommunityportal.co.uk following the link to the Roseberry page.


Alternatively, customers can telephone the customer contact centre on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care to speak to a member of our Project Team.