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."
"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."
"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."
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