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Friday, May 21, 2010

Ponteland protection work cheaper than thought

SLOPE protection works in Ponteland will not cost as much as first thought.
The town council initially said that installing a retaining wall to address the slipping slope at Fox Covert Lane would require funding in the region of £150,000, with some of the money provided by a loan.

But Mayor Robin Ramsay revealed it has been able to get it done for just over £90,000, including contingencies.

"After looking at the figures it was clear that we can find the total costs for the retaining wall from the precept this year. This means we are not faced with loan interest repayments over 10 years," he added.

The works are set to start at the beginning of July and are expected to take about eight weeks to complete.