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Update by Ian Davison

Hi

I hope you have all had a great weekend, following last week’s update I have some dates for the landscape & fencing maintenance visit.

Wharton Landscapes will be grass cutting, stone picking and over seeding any bare patches on the playing fields swale, bund and basin as necessary Thursday & Friday of this week. The landscaper will also inspect the Dean Garth Basin undertaking a cut and stone pick.

Usually wild flower areas in their first season require a spring cut to remove any overpowering weeds to allow the new seed mix to take. However the damp ground conditions of a couple of weeks ago followed by a warm spell has resulted in the wild flower mix establishing strongly, it has not been overpowered by weeds. Therefore, it would be more beneficial to let the wildflower self-seed over the remainder of the season undertaking the first cut in the autumn. I hope the flowers will attract the wild life in and make for an interesting and colourful walking area at the northern edge of the playing fields.

The contractor will return to site w/c 27th May to complete the outstanding fencing works

As I mentioned previously we continue to work with all parties with respect to the implementation of the Dean Garth solution, I will be back in touch when the construction start date is agreed

Regards

Ian

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Update by Ian Davison

Good afternoon everyone.

Apologies I have not been in touch for a while, I hope you are enjoying this lovely sunny weather, it’s a lot warmer than this time last week.

As you know the surface water management work in the Piper Road playing fields (Esh Construction) and Pipers hole (Karbon Homes) was completed back in November. Before leaving the site wild flower and grass seed was sown, additional trees were planted and remedial works undertaken on the willow wind shelters. In recent months the grass has started to establish, in the coming weeks the landscaper will return to site to inspect the site, re-seed any bare patches, undertake a maintenance cut of the grassed areas and complete the outstanding fencing works.

We continue to work towards the implementation of the Dean Garth solution and will be back in touch when the construction start date is agreed

Best Wishes

Ian

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Update by Christine Taylor

Good morning,

Although we have finished our work for the year in Ovingham, we at Esh-MWH and Northumbrian Water, along with our collaborative partners, wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  So what better way than to release some Christmas cheer through a festive video. 

I hope you all enjoy watching this, as much as the team did pulling it together.

Merry Christmas

Christine

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Update by Anthony Birkett

Hi Everyone

You probably noticed that we finished our work around Horsley Road and Main Road. This was a lot quicker than expected, which we were pleased about!

Simon is now busy closing the site and removing our compound from the area. We should be completely off site by the end of this week.

We would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

We will be back in the area in the future, but will ket you know when and how it will affect you nearer the time.

I've attached a few photographs showing the reinstatements as they were last week when I was last on site. You can see the basin we created on the playing fields and the basin we create by Dene Garth have been landscaped and seeded, but the seed may not germinate at this time of year. If that is the case, we will return in spring to try again.

Bye for now!

Tony

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Update by Simon Bright

Hi

 

We've made the drainage connection at Horsley Road junction which was more straight forward than anticipated, therefore, we'll finish a couple of weeks earlier than planned. The road closure will be off tomorrow evening to fully re-open the road without the need for traffic lights next week.

 

Simon

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Update by Simon Bright

Hi

We'll be removing the traffic lights from Horsley Road this afternoon now that the additional gullies are set. Next week we'll close the Horsley Road / Main Road Junction. This is planned for the school holidays to keep disruption to a minimum, a diversion will be in place. See previous posts for the shuttle bus timetable. This closure will be for 5 days then we'll open the junction to traffic and finish the additional drainage under 3 way lights. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Simon

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Update by Ian Davison

Hi All

Apologies for not mentioning that we have been working closely with Go North East organising a shuttle bus for the duration of next week’s road closure when the works on the Horsley Road junction are ongoing.

For your information I attached the temporary Monday – Friday & Saturday timetables (also posted on the panned works tab). This information should have been posted by Go North East at the associated bus stops, every effort will be made to ensure that the works on the junction are completed within a week 29th Oct – 2nd Nov

Thanks

Ian

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Update by Ian Davison

Hi

I hope you are well and have enjoyed the weekend.

The works in the playing fields are now complete and the temporary fencing has been removed. The willow wind shelters will be replaced, additional trees planted and six new nest boxes will be sited in suitable locations.  Wild flowers have been sown in the working area which will take a season to fully establish, grass footways will be cut into the wild flower once established.  We would appreciate if people keep off the landscaped areas to allow the seed to grow. 

On Monday 29 October 2018 work will commence in the junction of Horsley Road and Main Road. This will require a road closure at this location for up to one week. The junction will then be under three-way traffic lights for a further two weeks. During the road closure, please follow the diversion signs in place.

Regards

Ian

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Update by Simon Bright

Hi

The swale and basin at the playing fields has been cultivated and seeded with a Meadow Mix and the fence has now been removed. A small section at the eastern side has not been landscaped, this will be done once the swale has been extended by the developed next door. Please keep off the landscaped areas to give the seed a chance to grow.  Our contractors will be returning to carry out further work, we thank you for your continied patience.

We have also landscaped the basin next to Dene Garth and removed the fencing.

Work started yesterday further up Horsey Road on the additional gullies.

Simon

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Update by Simon Bright

Hi

We are almost finished the small basin at Dene Garth, the traffic lights will be removed later today and the fencing will be removed on Monday. Tuesday next week, we'll be moving further up Horsley Road to build some additional gullies to catch the storm water before it comes into Ovingham.

Simon

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