Dunelm Homes confirms that the culvert in Newcastle which collapsed under a housing estate after flooding last year has been fixed.They say residents in Spencer Court in Newburn may be able to move back in by August.
Northumberland Estates, the company which owns the land where the culvert collapsed under the Newburn flats, has strongly denied a statement released by the developer Dunelm Homes which built the apartments.
The company also say that they have spent over three million pounds in the aftermath of the collapse.
"Northumberland Estates strongly denies the statement from Dunelm Homes in relation to the License Agreement entered into between the Estates and Dunelm Homes.
The fact remains that Northumberland Estates has worked tirelessly since the original collapse to deliver a robust engineering solution to a hugely complex problem as quickly as possible and, to date, we have spent over £3.4 million on achieving this. All of our expenditure has been incurred whilst the issue of liability remains unresolved."
– Northumberland Estates
"This includes instructing our contractors to work 24 hours a day, six days per week since the awful events of the 25th September 2012 and we are very pleased that this has had a positive impact on the timescale of our repair.
Whilst we are still aware of the potential impact of bad weather on our schedule, we anticipate that the culvert on our land will be partially cleared and in a position to take some water by the end of this week."
– Northumberland Estates
"Our contractors are working to restore the culvert on our land to full capacity as quickly as possible and, whilst the overall repair process will continue past this week, we expect our major repair works to be complete by the end of December 2012.
Northumberland Estates continues to work in partnership with all stakeholders, including Newcastle City Council and Dunelm Homes, and we are sure that all involved will continue to place the needs of residents at the centre of our collective activity."
Dunelm homes said it had full planning and technical approval for the whole of the Newburn flats site. The company said an agreement was signed in 2008 that committed Newcastle City Council to adopt the roads and the culvert which flooded, subject to construction standards being met.
It said the roads and culvert were due to be adopted subject to final inspections by the Council in summer 2012. But Dunelm said the process had been suspended and responsibility for both the roads and culvert at Spencer Court and Millvale remain in its hands.