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Morpeth flood defences could go £5m over budget

Clearing up in Morpeth after the floods in 2008.
Clearing up in Morpeth after the floods in 2008. Credit: PA wire

New defences to protect Morpeth from future flooding are expected to be completed by Christmas.

But the scheme, which is jointly funded by the council and environment agency, is expected to go over budget by around £5m.

The project involves building flood walls in areas of the town affected by flooding and also creating the huge dam which will hold back up 1.4m cubic metres of water - the equivalent of 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

It means the town will have the capacity to deal with the sort of water levels experienced in 2008.

The total cost of the flood defences is around £25m.

MORE: PREPARATIONS START ON MORPETH FLOOD DEFENCES

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Full report: Janet Street-Porter opens recycling facility

An eight million pound factory which digests leftover food and turns it into energy has been officially opened.

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe, is the first of its kind in the region.

Among its supporters is television celebrity and recycling campaigner Janet Street-Porter, who was at the plant's official opening today.

Claire Montgomery reports.

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Janet Street-Porter opens biogas plant

Television celebrity and recycling campaigner, Janet Street-Porter, has opened a new eight-million-pound plant which turns leftover food into heat, power and bio-fertiliser.

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, uses an anaerobic digestion process to convert commercial waste food from all over the North East and Cumbria.

Company spokesman Ian Bainbridge explains the process.

Pictures: Biogas plant opens in Newton Aycliffe

Celebrity journalist and recycling campaigner, Janet Street-Porter, has officially opened a new £8million plant which will convert leftover food into heat, power and bio-fertiliser.

Janet Street-Porter launches the biogas plant Credit: ITV

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe, uses an anaerobic digestion process to convert commercial waste food.

The Newton Aycliffe plant Credit: ITV
Converting waste to energy Credit: ITV

Celebrity launch for new biogas site in County Durham

Television celebrity and recycling campaigner, Janet Street-Porter, has officially opened a new £8million plant which will convert leftover food into heat, power and bio-fertiliser.

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe, uses an anaerobic digestion process to convert commercial waste food.

Bacteria is added to the waste to break it down and generate methane gas. The remains are then turned into fertiliser, which is distributed to landowners and agricultural businesses within ten miles of the site, and energy to power 2,000 homes.

It estimates 800 tonnes of waste food are generated in the region each year. Schools, councils and local businesses are among those whose waste will end up at the facility.

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