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By Ian Davison

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the project. I am Ian Davison Northumbrian Water Project Manager, and I will be looking after this scheme through to its completion. The investigation is underway, and we are working towards the construction phase anticipated to start late Autumn completion by the spring of 2023. We are working with communities to proactively manage environmental risks and are committed to providing a high-quality service. The Team have identified an opportunity to improve the sewage disposal in the Yarrow Moor vicinity to reduce the likelihood of environmental incidents and protect the integrity of the dam.   We will be keeping you updated as our plans progress by sharing our proposals with you on this portal. The project team will be working in partnership with all of our external stakeholders to ensure a successful project outcome. We’d like to hear from you if you have any feedback about our proposal or want to make us aware of any drainage issues in your area. Please leave your comments on this update, or get in touch using the ‘Contact us’ button at the top of the page, I am very interested to understand your views. 

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning, Hope you had a good weekend. Just thought I'd give you a quick up date and pop on some photos of the team taking advantage of the great weather last week. The brick and block work round the surge vessel progressed well. Access road leading into the over flow car park had all the kerbs repaired. In the sub station there was some clearing after the commissioning The fencing work speaks for it's self.......looks great. The subcontractor did some great metal work in the pumping station Tidying and strimming along the footpath As I say lots of external work taking advantage of our crazy weather.

By Christine Taylor

Good afternoon, Following our last update, we have been advised by the site team that whilst carrying out the excavation works and piling installation, the team encountered unchartered services and physical obstructions such as redundants structures.  This has resulted in a delay in our work and will impact on our completion date.  We were hoping to have completed the works early July 2022, however our completion date will be 22 August 2022. Christine

By Rachel Rutter

Good Afternoon,  If I havent had the pleasure to speak with you, my name is Rachel Rutter and I am the Customer Liason Officer for Esh. As the work continues on Grand Parade I was on site yesterday speaking with the local businesses and customers in the area to  address any concerns they may have.  I just want to reiterate that the following businesses are open as usual: Crusoes Surf Shack  Surf Yonder Di Mei Ice Cream (Police box) Grand Hotel Copperfields  Should you have any questions please email me on NWL.Customer@esh.uk.com. Thank you  Rachel 

By Rachel Rutter

Good Afternoon, As mentioned previously we were preparing for the installation of the sheet piles to the excavation which have now been installed. There will be ongoing works which will be to reduce the ground level within the sheet piled excavation, this will generate approx 1000t of excavation arisings that will have to be removed from site. Once the excavation is complete we will be moving onto the reinforced concrete structure that will house the new tertiary treatment plant.  If you have any queries at all regarding our work in your area, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Thank you  Rachel

By Rachel Rutter

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Hi All, I'm sorry for the delayed update on our progress on site. As mentioned previously we had had encountered certain obstacles, which we have been able to overcome after further investigation and we are now progressing well with the work. If you have any queries at all regarding our work in your area, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you Rachel

By Gabrielle Ward

Hello, Work has continued to progress well on site over the last few weeks.  The old site compound area is starting to look very different, with the stone being stripped down to subgrade ready for the topsoil and seeding. I've added a 'before and after' comparison photo below. The Motor Control Center panels have been installed, with the electrical cables currently ongoing. Pipework to the storm tank is now complete, while the electrical work is underway.  I'll be posting more updates in the upcoming weeks. As always, we thank you for your continued patience and support. Gaby  

By Joan Tatters

Hello Just thought I'd pop on and say whilst the project is coming to a close I will send out some more photos as the reed beds develop and become more established. Here is a starter for ten:-  

By Gabrielle Ward

Hello, I hope you're all well and enjoying this lovely weather we are having. We are currently carrying out removal of spoil from site and wanted to make you aware. Over the next 2-3 weeks, you may notice an increase of traffic coming to and from site while we carry out the spoil removal process. We would like to reassure you that we do aim to keep all disruption to an absolute minimum. If you are travelling near site, we kindly ask you to stay extra vigilant. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and a member of our project team will get back to you. Thank you for your continued patience during our essential work. Gaby

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning All, Well the huge crawler crane has now been removed from the pumping station area............my that was a huge beast!! I'm guessing you have notice the fencing and the new building being erected in the field west to the pumping station.  The team have been replacing/renewing the fencing alongside Kitty Burn and our contractor has done a great job. (have a look at the photo) The building around the surge vessel is progressing and after talking to James he is confident the building will be complete by mid to late June and after which the internal fit will take place. We have tried to keep the look of building in keeping with the environment and I'm sure you will agree it is starting to look good.  Again if you have any questions you would like to ask please feel free.

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning, Following on from Hedley's previous post I thought I just update you further. Otterburn     -     We are currently decommisioning and removing the old building, althought it is taking a little longer than expected due to one or two constraints. An example being we have to hand remove any tiles from the building in case of bats nesting. Rochester    -     This will be going into supply on 23rd, again it won't have any affect on your water supply or water pressure. Byrness       -      We are awaiting the rigorous water quality testing results (they all have to go through), so completing the commissioning with transpire in the coming weeks. Admittled it's taking a little longer than normal due to supply issues but we will get there. Once again I would just like to reiterate Hedley's comments, thank you so much for your co-operation and understanding during these projects it has been a long road and we are working our way tirelessly to the end. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. Joan    

By Joan Tatters

Good Morning All, Well the time has come, we will be finished and off site by the end of the week. Mark and his team have done a great job, even though it has been a tricky process with lots of obstacles in the way, the major one being the weather.  So just to let you know what happened last week:- The landscaping around the lagoons were seeded The fencing at the gates on the access track complete Stoned up the track by the bridleway Removed the sludge that was taken to be recycled into fertiliser Taken down the fencing on site  Mark and the team would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and patience during this scheme we truly appreciate it. Here are some photos.....  
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