State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has today welcomed the news from Glencore of a proposed access fencing upgrade at the former New Wallsend Colliery site.
For quite some time, residents have raised concerns about the site which has been regularly used for illegal waste dumping and accessed by unauthorised vehicles such as motorbikes and stolen cars.
Following ongoing discussions with Glencore, the company is now proposing to upgrade access fencing to the site, particularly at the former Bulkara Street entry and along Boundary Road at Wallsend.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“This announcement by Glencore is very welcome news for local residents who have been driven crazy by the number of illegal vehicles accessing this site.”
“Glencore have worked proactively with local residents and with my office to come up with a number of solutions to prevent access to the site.”
“Motorbikes and stolen cars are often heard racing around the former mine site and trucks have often used it to illegally dump waste.”
“This new fence will be constructed using steel cable and bollard fencing and this type of fencing has proven effective in restricting access in other urban areas and is recommended by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.”
“It is hoped the fencing upgrade will achieve similar results on the former New Wallsend Colliery site.”
“I applaud Glencore for its continued efforts to curb anti-social behaviour on their land.”