Tyne & Wear

Ponteland flood bank to undergo £30,000 repairs

A flood bank which is slumping in places because of horse riders is to undergo £30,000 of repairs.

The Environment Agency is to carry out the work on the bank in Ponteland, Northumberland, which protects homes on the Eland Haugh housing estate.

Over the next two weeks a 100m stretch of the bank will be repaired.

The Agency said horse riders had damaged the bank and a fence would be erected to stop them getting on it in future.

Simon Eadington, of the agency, said: "We had already raised this floodbank following the floods in 2008, but it is now slumping in parts, so it is crucial that we repair it."

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