Residents to have say on new flood plan for Haltwhistle

Haltwhistle has suffered from flash flooding in recent years.
Haltwhistle has suffered from flash flooding in recent years.

HALTWHISTLE residents will be given a chance to have their say on a plan to prevent flooding in the town.

Northumberland County Council will host a drop-in session at Haltwhistle Library, on Westgate, on Monday May 22, from 3pm to 6.30pm.

It will focus on a scheme to improve the flow of water in the Hemmel Burn, which passes through and under parts of the town.

The watercourse, which is piped along some stretches, is in a poor condition and struggles to cope with the volume of water during periods of extremely heavy rainfall.

Martin Stark, of Haltwhistle Flood Group, said: "The Hemmel Burn runs under the town and has a history of causing flooding problems.

"The county council is looking for local ideas and information which will help them form the final design proposals for the scheme.

"We would like to get as many local people to attend and help make the scheme as good as it can be."

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