Northumbrian Water plans to reduce the flooding risk in Cleveland village with a £2.3 million programme of works.

The company will consult with residents of Great Ayton in North Yorkshire to discuss improvements to the village sewer system and explore sustainable drainage solutions (SuDs).

Engineers have identified an opportunity to reduce the risk of flooding in Roseberry Crescent and are developing proposals for the installation of 1,300m of a surface water and foul water sewer.

Ashley Ferguson, Northumbrian Water’s project manager, said: “Looking after the environment and reducing the risk of flooding to homes and businesses are two of our top priorities.

“As part of this commitment, we would like to work closely with the Great Ayton community to not only manage and reduce flood risk in their area, but also to ensure that we reduce the impact of our work on residents as much as we can.”

Work is scheduled to be carried out by Northumbrian Water’s partner, ESH Construction from early May 2018 to March 2019 in Roseberry Crescent, Roseberry Road, Roseberry Avenue, Wheatlands and Newton Road, Great Ayton and within part of the estate of Cleveland Lodge.

Northumbrian Water is looking at opportunities to separate surface water from the public sewer by using rainwater gardens, ponds, grassed detention basins or swales, while creating a wildlife habitat.

Ferguson added: “We really want to work with the local community on these sustainable drainage solutions, or ‘SuDs’ as we call them, and we are keen to hear about any flooding issues that people may have witnessed or experienced in the areas we are targeting.”

The company will hold an event for residents on 21 March to outline the scheme and get feedback for the proposals.