Council: "It's up to landowners to inspect culverts"

We've been looking into who's responsible for people having to leave their homes after floods and a landslide in Newburn, near Newcastle. Last week's record rainfall led to disaster for residents on the Mill Vale Estate.

The foundations were washed clean away from the block of flats called Spencer Court, which is being demolished next week. Scores of families were evacuated from nearby flats and houses too. People were struggling to get compensation claims moving.

Back in May a culvert was running under the estate, collapsed further up the bank on land owned by Northumberland Estates. It's thought the escaping water may have de-stabilised Spencer Court. and its builders, Dunelm Homes, evacuated it.

Dunelm Homes told us they had the section of culvert under their land inspected in 2002 when they bought the site and again in May this year. And Northumberland Estates said they last had the culvert under their land inspected 5 years ago.

David Slater who is the Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration at Newcastle City Council spoke to ITV Tyne Tees about how often culverts should be inspected.

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