North Road resurfacing work on hold
Resurfacing work on North Road will not be completed until a flood alleviation plan is in place.
The southern section of the road has been resurfaced in recent weeks but work on the flood-prone northern section has been put on hold.
Coun Catherine Seymour, Berwick North, Northumberland County Council, said: “The resurfacing of the North Road has been completed now, apart from the area in the middle on the section of road between Crispin Avenue, Bede Avenue and Newfields, due to known flooding issues.
“Consequently, although we are mindful of the deteriorating condition of this section of this road, it is considered prudent to delay any planned resurfacing works until we learn more on the defined flood alleviation plan.”
She revealed that a Berwick Integrated Drainage study area, in collaboration with Northumbrian Water, which seeks to establish the effectiveness of the drainage system in this immediate area has now been prioritised. This is part of the Flood and Coastal Protection Erosion Risk Management Programme, which forms part of the Environment Agency, from which these schemes are mostly funded.
“Once this is completed, we will be able to complete this remaining stretch of the North Road,” said Coun Seymour. “Meanwhile, any serious potholes in this area will be attended to by highways.”