State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is calling on the Government to explain why a grant for the first step of the Wallsend Flood Mitigation Plan was not granted to Newcastle City Council.
Ms Hornery has been working very closely with Newcastle City Council on progressing works and the Office of Environment and Heritage Grant was the first step in starting the necessary works on replacing infrastructure in Wallsend.
Despite repeated calls for many years, the Government has failed to provide any money towards the replacement of the three bridges in Wallsend.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“I have been working closely with the Mayor and the new CEO of Newcastle Council to start the works for the Wallsend Flood Mitigation Plan.”
“Council has made great progress on the Plan and we are at a pivotal point in the process.”
“This long overdue project is urgently needed to ensure the safety of people and property during flood events.”
“The impact of repeated flood events has made the replacement of the Tyrrell Street bridge increasingly urgent. Wallsend is particularly susceptible to flash flooding and the Tyrrell Street bridge configuration exacerbates the situation.”
“Council has committed to fully funding the cost of replacing the Tyrell Street bridge from its own budget, but this Government should explain why it continues to ignore the issue facing the people of Wallsend.”
“This Government must explain why Wallsend and Newcastle Council has been overlooked again for this vital funding.”