The Environment Agency, Middlesbrough Council, and Northumbrian Water are exploring options to reduce flood risk to almost 500 properties and the wider community in Middlesbrough.
Working in partnership, we are considering different options to improve existing flood defence assets, to replace and formalise other structures as flood defences along the Marton West Beck, and to improve the performance of the sewer system.
By working closely together, we hope to maximise opportunities for environmental enhancements alongside reducing flood risk to properties, and minimise environmental impacts.
What have we done so far?
Working with consultants, AECOM, we have produce an updated, integrated flood model, which has improved our current understanding of flood risk from the Marton West Beck, the sea, surface water, and the sewer network.
We have modelled a number of potential options for reducing flood risk and mapped the resulting flood risk. We have undertaken an economic appraisal to understand the costs and the benefits of each option to help select a preferred option.
The preferred option at present is to:
- Re-build walls in the Borough Road and Lytton Street areas to protect against risk from tidal flooding and river flooding
- Rebuild flood walls between Albert park and Park Vale Road to protect against river flooding
- Improve the trash screen design at the northern end of Albert Park to protect against river flooding
- Provide surface water storage areas in Albert Park and on open land adjacent to the Newham Beck to store surface water
We continue to work on a business case to present to government to claim funding. We will also be looking to find contributions to the scheme as at present we do not have sufficient funds to deliver the preferred option. Under government partnership funding rules, government do not provide 100% of scheme costs, meaning we need to find funding from other sources too, to enable construction of the scheme.
We will continue to work with Northumbrian Water to support them in any potential options to reduce sewer flooding in the area.
How can I get involved?
We are interested in your local knowledge and any issues we may not be aware of, and we want to allow as many opportunities as possible for you to input your thoughts and opinions.
To receive regular updates about the scheme or if you have any questions, please contact the project team at MartonWestBeck@environment-agency.gov.uk
Details of upcoming community events will be made available on this webpage. We next expect to hold a community event in March 2019.
If you are a member of a community group and would like us to attend a pre-arranged session with information on the scheme, please get in touch with us.