Port of Blyth complete Northumberland £600,000 flood scheme
The Environment Agency and Port of Blyth have worked together to build a £600,000 flood wall to protect homes and businesses in Blyth
A 180m flood wall in the Cowpen area of Blyth has been updated and extended to create a 380m wall to reduce the risk of flooding to the town.
These new defences will offer immediate tidal flooding protection to over 58 properites.
Funded by the Environment Agency, the wall was built by Port Port of Blyth as part of their wider redevelopment of the Bates and Wimbourne Quay terminals.
The Port of Blyth will own the wall and will continue to oversee maintenance duties while the Environment Agency will carry out annual inspections of the new structures.
Leila Huntington, the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Manager for the North East, said: “We’re delighted this flood wall is now complete and hope it provides peace of mind to local residents that they have increased protection from tidal flooding now and into the future.
“This is a great example of an effective and efficient partnership project and we have worked closely with the Port of Blyth to create something which means a greater standard of flood protection at a reduced cost.
“I’d like to thank local residents for their patience throughout this work. We’re committed to increasing protection for our communities at risk of flooding and are continuously looking for opportunities to collaborate with our partners and provide the best possible solutions.”
Alan Todd, Port Director at the Port of Blyth, added: “We’re delighted that these works are now complete and offer immediate improvements to the flood defences for the town, its residents and businesses.
“We are now able to focus on further phases of the redevelopment which will see the Bates and Wimbourne Quay terminals become one terminal, offering increased opportunities for growth and significant inward investment.”