Chester-le-Street flood prevention scheme
Chester-le-Street has a long history of flooding. The work around Chester Burn will reduce this risk.
Chester Burn runs through the centre of Chester-le-Street but is mostly hidden as it was covered over in 1931 which then led to the development of a market place, supermarket and car parking facilities over it.
In June 2012, more than 100 homes and businesses at the northern end of the town where affected by flooding and Chester Burn was the main cause.
We have done flood prevention work with Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency at the eastern and western sections of the Burn, but need to do further work to reduce flood risks in the longer term.
The flood prevention scheme
We have worked with the Environment Agency to model what effects potential work will have to prevent flooding. The results show that the work we are doing will reduce the risk of flooding from a 'one in 100' year storm.
The current work will occur between January 2019 to March 2020 and any disruption will be kept to a minimum.
The Burn and marketplace are in a conservation area and the work will complement the current surroundings. The war memorial will stay in its current place, and the marketplace will stay in the Red Carpet/Front Street area.
Phase 1 - January to early summer 2019 - complete
- refurbish the Red Carpet area and Front Street to provide a focal point and community space
- move the marketplace to the new Red Carpet area, east along South Burns, towards Front Street
Phase 2 - early summer 2019 to spring 2020 - in progress
- remove the fixed market stalls
- open up a 90m stretch of the Burn to create an open channel running from the road at South Burns down to the Red Carpet area
- landscape the opened area to include new footpaths and seating, providing a haven for wildlife and storage for flood water during severe storms
Phase 3 - July 2019 to October 2019
- extend the flood wall to the west of the viaduct
- relocate the sewer at Cone Terrace to increase channel's capacity
Funding the scheme
The scheme will cost £6.2 million and is funded by us, the Environment Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.
In partnership with
- Environment Agency
- EU Regional Development Fund square