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The Issues

We have long had issues about Morpeth’s drainage system. It doesn’t work.

Since the flood we have been collecting evidence and taking photographs of the many problems. We had continually been forwarding this information to the relevant bodies but were nearly always ignored or “Put on Hold”. Things are beginning to improve and the appropriate people are now listening to us.

Planning approval has been given for an extension to the sewage works. We feel that the infrastructure for getting the stuff there should take priority. One of our members, Tom Smith, produced a presentation headed “Flooding in the streets and homes of Morpeth” for the meeting, to download a copy click on the image on the right.

In September 2008 large areas of the town had raw sewage entering properties. This is an ongoing problem that the action group is trying to address. If you have any evidence of your own please get in touch with us. The more we have the stronger our case will be.


There has been some progress since 2008.

NCC appear to be doing gully maintenance on a more regular basis and being prompt on callouts.

A standby generator has been installed by NWL (above highest likely flood level) at the pumping station in Low Stanners. In 2008 the pump substation had to be closed down, this meant that raw sewage backed up and entered many of the flooded houses. Hopefully this will alleviate any problem in the future.

NCC have improved the surface water drainage in Goosehill. We haven’t had to wade through 8” of water every time there is a heavy downpour since. Except for 28th June 2012, when there was an exceptional downpour.

Resurfacing of Castle Bank has allowed NCC to improve the gullies, they appear to be working as we haven’t had a river flowing down there and making a sharp right turn into Middle Greens since.

NWL have installed a pump at Alexandra Road to cope with heavy rainfall events that flood Bennett’s Walk. Work started 24th August 2012 and finished in April 2013. They estimate that the pump will have to come into operation about three times a year.


We still have many concerns, not least is the drainage in Staithes Lane and the new superstore development.

No detail has been provided as to how in flood events the drainage at the Newmarket will not be inundated with river water.We are still awaiting the details of surface water issues at High Stanners and Mitford Road.

This is the last manhole before the sewage works that takes all of Morpeth’s effluent. Unfortunately, as can be seen from the “litter”, the infrastructure was unable to cope with the deluge of 28th June

Bennett’s Walk 11th July. The system couldn’t even cope with the rain we had that day. Hopefully the new pump will solve this manhole’s problem.

As the Lead Flood Authority Northumberland County Council has been required to produce surface water flooding maps

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