Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who Will Foot Bill? Concerns on Flooding Costs for Homes Site

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who Will Foot Bill? Concerns on Flooding Costs for Homes Site

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Byline: Michael Brown ? 0191 201 6342 ?

ESTATES' DENIAL NORTHUMBERLAND Estates categorically denied any suggestion it had reneged on its agreement with Dunelm.

"Northumberland Estates strongly denies the statement from Dunelm Homes in relation to the Licence Agreement entered into between the Estates and Dunelm Homes," a spokesman said.

"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 PS3.4m 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."

AROW has broken out over who should pay to repair homes blighted by catastrophic flooding.

Dunelm Homes, which built the Mill Vale Estate in Newburn, has accused Northumberland Estates of backing out of a legal agreement to take responsibility. But the property firm, owned by the Duke of Northumberland, has strongly denied the allegation, saying it has already spent PS3. …

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