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£1.5m Haltwhistle flood reduction scheme underway

General - Haltwhistle river

Northumberland County Council has revealed that final preparations are underway for a £1.5m scheme aiming to reduce flood risk in Haltwhistle.

The project aims to improve water flow through the Hemmel Burn – a watercourse that passes through and under Haltwhistle – cutting the risk of flooding in the town. The existing watercourse is in poor condition and struggles to cope with the amount of water flowing through it during periods of heavy rain. Much of the watercourse is piped and runs close to a number of properties, something which posed a challenge in the design of the scheme.

Once the scheme is complete it should reduce the flood risk to 39 homes in the town. Construction works will be delivered by Balfour Beatty from the 17th of September with completion expected by Christmas 2018.

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.

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