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Killingworth & Longbenton

Together with our project partners, the Environment Agency and North Tyneside Council, we are investing over £5 million to manage surface water in the Killingworth and Longbenton areas of North Tyneside. This work will increase the capacity of the combined sewer thereby reducing the risk of flooding during heavy rainfall. The work is to be completed in 3 phases; Longbenton High School and Benton Green & Cemetery, Forest Hall & Killingworth Moor and finally Killingworth Lake. Phase 1 and 2 are now completed and the work around Killingworth Lake started in Summer 2018.

Project updates

Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

I had another walk around site this week and was amazed by the progress of the Biomatrix islands in the Lake, they are absolutely thriving - I've attached a couple of pictures. The rest of the reinstatements are coming along too, hopefully in time they'll show similar progress to the islands!

Enjoy your Bank Holiday, its meant to be a scorcher!

Regards

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Grass Watch!

That sounds like a rubbish BBC2 gardening show, but I thought I'd show a few photos of our reinstatements around the Lake. The patchy rain and sun is helpful for growing grass, so we can definitely see progress.

However, the rain is making it difficult to complete the small number of remaining tasks that we have to do, so we have decided to postpone the remaining works for a week or two and hope for an upturn in weather before we return to finish off. We will be back very soon.

Regards

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

As you can see the main body of work is now complete although you will probably still see us around for the next week or so, finishing off some minor jobs.  Some things have been on hold due to the recent rain that we've had, however these will be completed when the weather permits.

The council have also asked that we leave fencing up around the picnic area until the seed takes hold - we will be replacing our branded fencing there with a smaller, different type of fence and it will remain in place for a little while.

I've attached a few pictures that were taken this morning.

Regards

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

I thought I'd share some comparison photos of our work on Benton Village Green. You may remember we reinstated the Village Green and left some planters, trees, meadow grass and signs in place. I've attached a few photos of how it was when we left it and how it was recently - it has certainly established now!

Have a nice weekend

Tony

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Update by Christine Taylor

 Good morning,

What an amazing day, the sun is shining and we are finishing on site.

As you have been walking around the area, you may have seen some posters advertising a community event to celebrate the end of our works.  It was planned for the 29 July, however this has now been postposed until later this year.

We will be in touch with a new date closer to the time.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Christine

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

Just a few finishing touches to go, however the footpaths will be open to walk around from the park end of the Lake from today! We will also be starting to remove the fencing today, so there really isn't long til we completely pull off site.

I've attached a couple of photos from this morning, if you look closely enough, you can really see the grass beginning to take where it was seeded.

Enjoy the rest of the week

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

We are now within touching distance of crossing the line! The last bit of work is finishing off round the area of the park and we're making visible progress this week. We've turfed and seeded the areas intended for grass and only need a little touching up before we're done completely. The fencing is coming down and our remaining cabin will be removed next week!

I've attached a few pictures that Lawrence has sent over of the turfing around the park, its definitely taking shape!

Regards

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

I have been up to site this morning and must say that the reinstatements are beginning to look impressive! Obviously its still necessary to look at it and imagine when the grass has taken hold, but the basins in particular are looking good! They've now been seeded and the benches and picnic tables are in place. The footpaths are all tarmac'd and now need to be swept clean before we open them up. The little bridge over the wear needs a hand rail put up and this is planned to go up very soon. The fencing will start to come down early next week - but we ask that you allow nature to take its course and allow the seed to germinate. Its relatively slow growing grass, so won't sprout up quickly, and may take quite a while to become fully established.

Along at the park, there is still some work to do on the reinstatements and next week we expect to be seeding and turfing where applicable. We still expect to have the park open by 15 July 2019.

I've attached a few photos that I took this morning

Take Care

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

I was on site this yesterday and had a walk around with Lawrence. Work is rapidly approaching the end now! You may notice that the cabins have been removed and a smaller single cabin is now located in the car park off Station Road.

Work on the basins is complete, the footpaths are complete and the access road is also done. We are now in the process of reinstating the area - the benches and picnic tables are being fitted and we have our contractors coming in very soon to seed the area. Once seeded we will begin the task of removing the herras fencing, which is around the working area. Seeding has been delayed a little so far due to the weather - the heavy rain has waterlogged the area so it has not been possible to seed yet. This will hopefully be done very soon, but obviously this is weather dependant.

I also noticed that the eco-garden islands have really take hold and are now thriving!

I've attached a few photos that I took this morning showing our progress.

Regards

Tony

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Good afternoon,

Following the heavy rain at the weekend the site team have worked hard to complete the overflow from the lake this week. However due to the continued rainfall we have not been able to fully complete this operation due to the heavy rainfall and the aparatus being under water.  Although we have connected the culverts to the lakes which are accepting surface water.

The rainfall this week has slowed our team on site, and the ongoing bad weather is restricting our reinstatement works, we will you updated next week.  We have included some photographs of the newly constructed basins filling with the excess water.

Hopefully the rain will now ease off and we can get back to the summer weather!

Regards

Tony

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