COUNCILLORS DEMAND ACTION OVER MALVINS ROAD FLOODING
COUNTY AND TOWN COUNCILLORS JOIN FORCES TO TACKLE ‘IMMINENT DANGER’
Cowpen ward county councillor Susan Davey and Blyth Town Council leader Ken Ellis are joining forces to ‘exert pressure’ on Harworth Estates and Gleesons to tackle a huge issue as surface water is collecting near a new housing development near the old railway line at Malvins Road.
The problems have emerged during recent floods and now the councillors are demanding the developers of the site tackle the issue. They believe both Northumbria Water and the Environment Agency should act ‘before the excess water becomes a real and present danger to public health. The water has collected near the sewage pumping station and there are fears that it could impact on local water supplies if not tackled.
County Councillor Susan Davey said
‘We’ve got to tackle this issue before it becomes a real danger to the local community and it must be done quickly. Not doing something is not an option and I’m writing to the council’s environmental health officials to put more pressure the developers to rectify their mistakes. This development has a controversial history and it’s a pity that development was forced on the local community through a planning appeal after the original application was turned down by the planning committee. Practically speaking the developer must act to stop the collection of this deep water before it impacts more negatively on local people’.
Cllr Ken Ellis, the Leader of Blyth Town Council said
‘I’m working with Susan and local councillor Bob Parker to tackle this dangerous eyesore on our community. Gleeson’s have created this problem by creating an unnatural ‘dam’ which stops water from draining away and we’ve now got a deep ‘mini lake’ right next to the sewage pumping station. Gleeson’s and Harworth Estates who own the land on behalf of the defunct National Coal Board must act. We want to see Northumbria Water and the Environment Agency involved in the solution to this problem but we’ve got to work quickly to resolve this serious issue which is posing an ‘imminent danger’.