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Flood prevention project moves on to next phase

Published August 02, 2019 2.31pm

Work has begun on the next phase of a multi-million-pound flood prevention scheme in Chester-le-Street.

The new planters at the Market Place

The new planters at the Market Place

We have recently complete phase one of the £6.2 million project which has seen improvements made to the north end of Front Street and the existing 'red carpet' area of the Market Place refurbished. Planting has been introduced to enhance the area and new seating will be installed in the coming weeks to create a vibrant community space.

The new space will now be home to the Chester-le-Street markets after the council secured two new operators, The Craft Fair Company and Events2gogo, to run the Friday and Saturday markets.

The markets will run from 9.00am to 4.00pm each week from Friday, 2 August, with local traders offering a variety of goods including local produce, handcrafts, cakes and bakes, street foods and collectables.

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Phase two

Now phase two of the scheme will see a 90m stretch of the culvert which currently runs underneath the town's Market Place, opened up to create an open channel. New footpaths and seating will be installed, and the area will be landscaped to provide a haven for wildlife and storage for flood water during severe storms.

Work to divert a sewer pipe at Cone Terrace has also started. The pipe which currently cuts through a section of the culvert will be relocated further downstream to increase the culvert's capacity and to allow flood waters to freely travel downstream toward the River Wear.

Paul Wilkinson, our construction programme and project manager, said: "We are making great progress and the work is on schedule to be completed on time in spring 2020. We would like to thank local businesses and residents for their continued support and patience during the works."

The project is funded jointly by Durham County Council, the Environment Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information visit Chester-le-Street flood prevention scheme.

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