Village to get flood protection boost

STAGED PROCESS: Work to defend against flooding in Cleadon Village is set to go ahead.
STAGED PROCESS: Work to defend against flooding in Cleadon Village is set to go ahead.
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A WEARSIDE village is to get flood prevention work done.

Cleadon is one of a number of communities across the North East which will be helped after the Environment Agency announced that £7million will be put towards helping keep houses safe.

Work set to go ahead in Cleadon Village will also look at options for a flood alleviation scheme.

The scheme is in its very early stages and the date for the work is listed for between 2018 and 2021.

This will protect about 55 properties.

It comes after the Government decided to bring forward more than £140million of the £2.3billion, six-year flood defence programme announced last December to better protect more than 31,000 homes and businesses.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “It is important to note that this is a staged process and these are still in the early stages.

“However, this announcement fills us with confidence to move further forward to address our longer term priorities for flood defences in the borough.”