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Consultation launches for Ponteland flood scheme

General - River Pont © Andrew Curtis

The Environment Agency (EA) is currently holding a consultation investigating flood alleviation scheme options designed to reduce flood risk to properties in Ponteland, Northumberland.

Ponteland has experienced flooding from the River Pont in previous years and as such there are already a number of assets in the area including: flood walls, embankments and pumping stations. Early investigations by the EA, suggest some of these defences will need to be either repaired or replaced.

The EA is investigating the addition of a new flood scheme in the area, its hopes to have determined a preferred scheme option this year. Current options on the table include, replacing existing embankments – with either a similar design or with set-back walls – replacing existing walls, upstream storage, the raising of all defences and surface water options such as improved drainage.

Once selected, the prefered scheme will be subject to consultation with construction, if required, beginning in 2020.

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