Monks Wood, North Shields Surface Attenuation

We are currently on site adjacent to Beach Road. Our scheme is to separate surface water flows from the combined sewerage system and store the excessive flows during storms. To do this, we are constructing new surface water and combined sewers together with a series of cascading basins in which to hold back the flows until the storm subsides and the existing sewerage system can accept the storm water.

Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

I was on site this week meeting with Ashley, Mark and Lawrence to discuss, among other things, the reinstatement plans.

Firstly, around the existing compound area: In the next week, the green cabin will be removed from site - the yellow cabin will remain in place until we pull off for Christmas. We will also be raising the kerb that we lowered to allow access and reinstating the footpath. We are currently working on the basins in this area, having completed the Wear Wall (the timber structure that you may see poking out of the ground). Once we form the basic basin construction we will leave site, although this basin along with the rest will require grading and contouring when we return in spring 2020, we simply can't complete the final grading with current ongoing weather conditions. 

When we leave site we will pull the fencing in as much as we can and trim the bushes and weeds back to allow access around the outside of the fencing area, to the rear of Heybrook Avenue. As previously mentioned, the temporary fencing to the perimeter of the basins will need to remain in place until we return to complete the work in Spring 2020.

We have removed some of the fencing, however the posts that haven't been removed will need to remain in place for now. The ground conditions have made it impossible to remove them right now, so they will be taken out in the Spring.

A little further up Beach Road towards Whitehouse Primary School there is a large gap in the treeline. This gap was present before we arrived, but we will fill it with a shrub mix. Currently we are finding things difficult due to the ongoing poor weather conditions, so if this isn't completed, it will when we return in Spring 2020. (picture 1)

Moving further along again, we have installed a temporary fence alongside the footpath between Beach Road and Ludlow Avenue - this is purely to demarkate the area under reinstatement, as at the moment it is not in a condition that we would be happy to call finished - further landscaping will be required here in Spring as well, which will include regrading, stone picking, cultivating and seeding. (picture 2)

On the other side of this footpath we have installed a fence and a tree line near to Beach Road. There will be another row of trees planted behind this current row to increase the density. This will be done before we leave the area for Christmas. (picture 3)

Alongside Whitehouse Primary School, we will need to reinstate the footpath which runs past the school to Beach Road. We will also remove the Herras fencing on the opposite side of the School and replace this with a temporary post and wire fence that will be in place until Spring 2020. You may have noticed that we are currently working on raising the kerb that we lowered for access and reinstating the footpath, his will be completed soon.

On the other side of Beach Road(the Monks Wood side), there is still work to be done. We are not finished yet. In the next week we will be removing the temporary tarmac ramp installed against the existing kerbline in Monks Wood. Also the existing footpath that we crossed when working in this area has dipped a little, so this will be relayed before we leave for the Christmas break. We also have futher semi-mature tree's to plant in this area, which we are awaiting delivery. The hedgrow removed from the fencline running parallel with Beach Road will also be replanted. (pictures 4 & 5)

When we return in spring all the temporary fencing and associated timber posts will be removed, the basins will be regraded, stone picked, cultivated, and seeded. Temporay post and wire fencing to the verge on Beach Road and the temporary timber fencing to the footpath leading to Ludlow Avenue will remain until the landscaping has established. The temporary site access at the East end of Beach Road will also be reinstated and the footpath crossing point resurfaced. Once completed we have a further twelve months for mainatance, so you will see our landscapig contractor visiting to undertake grass cutting, weed control and general maintance to the perimeter of the site. 

I hope this update provides clarity on our current timescales,



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