UK port leads flood prevention work

Port of Blyth The flood defence wall is being built by the Port of Blyth as part of a wider redevelopment of the adjacent Bates and Wimbourne terminals

Work on a GB£600,000 flood prevention scheme to protect local communities is being carried out by Port of Blyth.

The project will see an existing 180m flood wall in the Cowpen area of Blyth, in Northumberland, North East England, upgraded and extended to create a 380m wall, which is expected to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to protect homes and businesses in a large area of the town.

Martin Lawlor, chief executive of Port of Blyth, said: “This project is a real win-win for the town of Blyth and the Port. As a result of this program of flood defence works, a huge number of homes and businesses within Blyth will be protected by the flood risks presented by global warming.

Long-term benefit

When taking climate change into account these new defences will protect over 1,000 properties into the future whilst also offering immediate improved protection from tidal flooding to more than 50 properties, stated the port.

The scheme has been developed as part of a partnership between the port and the Environment Agency, which is funding the work being carried out by the port as part of a wider redevelopment of the adjacent Bates and Wimbourne terminals.

Mr Lawlor added: “On top of this, the scheme enables the Port to move forward with our development plans for connecting our Bates and Wimbourne Quay terminals which will attract inward investment into the town.”

The flood defences are due to be completed in March 2018.

While the Environment Agency has advised on the specifications and design of the flood wall, Port of Blyth will own and maintain the wall.

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