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Durham City Sewer Network Improvements

We are planning work to improve the performance of the sewer network in Durham City and improve your environment.

Project updates

Update by Sarah Jayne Vickers

Hello, just thought I would introduce myself. My name is Sarah Jayne Vickers and I’m working alongside Joan Tatters as a Customer Liaison Coordinator.

I Joined J N Bentley a little over 2 weeks ago and now starting to play a more active role. If you see me out and about be sure to come and say hi!

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon Everyone,

It was just great Colin and his team kept the community spirit going during the snow, you did a great job.

It did have an impact on our plans so the tree clearance you have seen this week was a little delayed, I do hope we haven't been too much bother.

Thank you to all for your patience during our presence and don't forget please feel free to drop me or Colin a line if you have any questions regarding the project.

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon,

 

You may have noticed a few of our guys on Flassburn Road today shovelling snow and gritting footpaths. The lads had been scheduled in to carry out investigatory works within the vale prior to commencement of the scheme but due to the heavy blanketing of snow we decided that'd it'd be too dangerous to move around uneven terrain without being able to spot any trip hazards! With this in mind we thought it a good idea to use the time to try and do a bit to make the surrounding footpaths a little less treacherous and Darren, Scott and Simon were more than keen to go and collect snow shovels and rock salt and get to work! I've attached photographs of today's activities and a big thank you to the gentleman who is soon to become our new neighbour for providing the lads with a much appreciated cuppa!

As always, don't hesitate to contact me at colin.butler@jnbentley.co.uk with any queries and please be careful whilst moving around in the snow and ice!

Our company motto:

'If we cannot do it safely, we will not do it'

is of particular relevance here and has kept me working from home since Wednesday!

Have a great weekend,

Colin

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Update by Colin Butler

Good Afternoon,

 

Thanks Joan for the introduction below and the questionable photograph.

My name is Colin Butler for those of you who're yet to meet me and I will be the Manager on site for the essential flood alleviation works at Flass Vale. I have been a Site Agent for JN Bentley for the last 18 months having spent my team before as a senior Civil Engineer and a Project Manager carrying out predominantly building works. I have a bit of a passion for the water industry and have been privileged enough in my short time with JN Bentley to help deliver two critical flood alleviation schemes in Castle Eden Dene for Natural England and in the De Brus Ward area of Hartlepool. I truly believe that the work we do in collaboration with Northumbrian Water and indeed, yourselves, the community is of great benefit and ultimately makes all of our lives a little easier and I look forward to getting my teeth into what is a very interesting scheme in a beautiful corner of the world. I've attached a couple of photographs from our brief attendance this week and please, don't hesitate to contact me either by email; colin.butler@jnbentley.co.uk or in person at our compound located near Sniperley Park and Ride from 26th March. If I can help you in any way I will be happy to do so. I wouldn't look too hard for the bloke in Joan's photograph however!

Thanks

Colin

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Well I thought I'd keep you up to speed as to the developements of the project. Things have moved along somewhat, all the investigations are now complete with regard to the construction part of the work (storage tank and the sewer replacement) however, we need to establish what the tree roots are doing so we can preserve them.

Week commencing 19th Feb you will notice some activity within the Vale, as we will be digging some trial holes. Whilst there, we will be working with the FofFV replanting and relocating some trees/shrubs and saplings further round into the Vale, however with regret we will need to cut back and remove one or two of the trees (of which we have requested planning permission) so we have taken advice from experts and the FofFV team to ensure we do everything we can to maintain this beautiful area of Durham.

The road to the Vale is rather narrow and for those of you who have drives whilst we are working there in a couple of weeks and during the main construction works we would encourage you to use your drive at all times please. There will be plant and other machinery into the Vale so we have requested permission from Durham County Council to have a parking restriction during the work as health and safety is our priority. To reduce the inconvenience we have requested the restriction be relaxed on an evening and weekend.

I will update you on a regular basis on the project so please feel free to get in touch with me as I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you see Colin and his team (see his photo) please go and say Hello!

 

 

 

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Morning Everyone,

Just thought I would take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful 2018.

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Update by Joan Tatters

Good Afternoon,

I would just like to thank "The Friends of Flass Vale" for their hospitality on Monday evening. Dave and one of my colleagues Mark went along before the AGM to discuss our progress on the work. They thought it a good idea to offer the Friends an insight to how the site would be presented once the landscaping and the tanks were installed.

Dave and Mark were really pleased with the amount of residents at the event and how everyone was so receptive and keen to understand what the work entailed.

Whilst there is still some way to go to confirm everything, as things develop we will keep you informed and if you want to ask us any questions about the project please get in touch.

Keep in touch for updates!

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Update by Loren Jennings

Good morning, Durham City.  I hope you did not suffer too badly from the winds due to Ophelia last night and that this update finds you well.  

My name is Loren Jennings, and I also am a Project Manager for Rainwise at Northumbrian Water.  I will be working with Dave Groark to look for opportunities within Durham to identify Rainwiwse projects which will compliment Dave's planned programme of work.

Increasing rainfall is putting pressure on our sewer network so Rainwise is about looking proactively for flood risk reduction projects, rather than dealing with flooding after it's already struck.  This is usually accomplished by lowering the volume of rainwater which enters the sewer, and this has the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of pollution as well.

Removing surface water can be tricky sometimes, but it's certainly not impossible.  If you would like to see what kinds of projects Rainwise has lead to in the past, you can review our case studies at the link below.  Although everywhere is different, it should give you an idea of the styles of projects we can accomplish, especially when we hear back from our customers and really understand what happens on the ground when it rains hard.

The website also has some ideas about how you can become more Rainwise around your own home, which collectively can have an impact on you and your neighbour's resilience to flooding in the future.

https://www.nwl.co.uk/your-home/your-services/Rainwise.aspx

I will keep you all informed here on the Community Portal, especially once we identify a Rainwise project which we want to do in your area.  You can also select "Follow This Project" above and get an e-mail whenever an update is published.

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Update by Terry Bradley

Hello Freinds of Flass Vale

To give you a update on the surveying works in the Vale.

We started the bore hole works this week, & all works were finished on Wednesday, with minimal damage to the flora and fauna

I would like to thank all residents for your patients & understanding while we carried out the works

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Update by Terry Bradley

Hello Friends of the Vale

I just want to give you an up date on the survey works done this week.

We have installed the necessary fencing with access gate, down at the bottom of Mr Towl's property

The sewer & storm water drainage pipe survey by cctv has been complete this week, this information helps with the design of the solution to improve the flows in storm conditions

I would like to thank the residents for being patient with the cctv van having to sit over the relevant manholes to complete the survey

Thank you and have a great weekend

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