Friday, September 23, 2005
Northumbrian Water sorts Ullswater Gardens - at last!
Picture and story from the Shields Gazette
A HUGE £3.5m underground water tank is to bring an end to years of flooding misery for fed-up South Tyneside families.
Plans were today revealed for a storage tank capable of holding as much water as six 2m-deep Olympic-size swimming pools.
Submerged more than 1m beneath a sports field at Brinkburn recreation ground, it will bring relief to 19 long-suffering residents in Ullswater Gardens and Mitford Road, South Shields.
This announcement will end years of misery for residents in Ullswater Gardens, who in the main are elderley and cannot afford to cope with the repeated instances of flooding. The new drainage tank will also help alleviate the problems experienced at Tyne Dock by draining the floodwater gradually from the storage tank, at present this water flows directly down to Tyne Dock where it exacerbates the problem of already full drains.
Despite my unsuccesful attempts to get Northumbrian Water to respond and communicate with this blog, I am pleased at today's announcement, I am also grateful to our MP David Miliband for approaching the Chairman of Northumbria Water on my behalf, as well as Paul Waggott and officers of the Council for their ceaseless badgering of Northumbrian Water.
In another small way I am also thankful to executives of Northumbrian Water who took the time to read this blog and understand the concerns of South Shields residents, and relate to their anguish and disgust at the apparent lack of service from our water and sewerage service supplier.
There is one other environmental issue that could be addressed with the installation of this drainage tank, that of recycling. Instead of just allowing floodwater to accumulate and drain through the tank, would it not be a better idea to recycle some of it, and make it available to the Brinkburn Allottments Association to use for irrigation? This ought to be a relatively inexpensive exercise and one which would help repair the damage to Northumbrian Water's reputation.
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