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There is a problem out west with Spencer Court, Newburn having being evacuated due to flooding which may undermine the foundations.

This is a housing estate that has been built since 2006 at the bottom of Dene Terrace/Walbottle Road called Mill Vale.

The estate was built over the top of a culvert and a locals at the time warned about potential flooding.

A few weeks ago a huge hole opened up across from Spencer Court (the long gone steel works was Spencers).

NCC have been piping away water to Walbottle Dene but there was very heavy rain over the weekend.

Came across this http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigloada/2351897423/ photo of the Walbottle Culvert which runs down to the Tyne.

Never knew it was so large.

Very worrying for the residents down there.
 

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Have just received phone call 1035 from friend living in Newburn area of Newcastle informing of severe flooding that area following recent 24 hour plus heavy rain

He inputs to this forum so expect some pictures later concerning further damage to the culverted stream (covered on here in recent months) , factory units etc

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Have just received phone call 1035 from friend living in Newburn area of Newcastle informing of severe flooding that area following recent 24 hour plus heavy rain

He inputs to this forum so expect some pictures later concerning further damage to the culverted stream (covered on here in recent months) , factory units etc

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Police have set up a 100m cordon at Spencer Court flats in Mill Vale (Newburn) after concerns around the stability of the building. Source : Sky News Tyne & Wear @ http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/40293
 

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Newburn Flooding 2012

SSC Eyewitness News...

Sad to say it looks as though the culvert further up near Mill Vale has collapsed.

This has brought a huge amount of water straight through the dip in the centre of Newburn.

Essentially the water is coming past what used to be the old Newburn Fire Station.

Sadly, a number of businesses have been affected - KB Cycles who are in the old Fire station, Presmac Plumbing who are in Walker Davison House, the OWNERS centre and Newburn Dentist.









 

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SSC Eyewitness News...

Sad to say it looks as though the culvert further up near Mill Vale has collapsed.

This has brought a huge amount of water straight through the dip in the centre of Newburn.

Essentially the water is coming past what used to be the old Newburn Fire Station.

Sadly, a number of businesses have been affected - KB Cycles who are in the old Fire station, Presmac Plumbing who are in Walker Davison House, the OWNERS centre and Newburn Dentist.









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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2208269/UK-weather-Flood-warnings-North-foam-covers-Aberdeen-fishing-village.html
 

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Just been watching Look North and it's possible a block of flats in Newburn could collapse as one side has been made dangerous by rising water.
 

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Just been watching Look North and it's possible a block of flats in Newburn could collapse as one side has been made dangerous by rising water.
 

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^^^^^^

Residents have been evacuated from Spencer Court for quite a while now.

There is a good picture on the 'RonnyGill' site showing the block just held up by concrete piling.

Couldn't get nearer as area was taped off and policewoman said to keep back as there could be a gas explosion although the children were still allowed to play in the nearby Newburn Manor Primary school.

The worst case would the block collapses or has to brought down.

The whole of Mill Vale may be under threat?

Terrible for the residents there who deserve better.

Plenty of long standing residents said Mill Vale should not have been built.

Have just come back in from High Street and the water has subsided slightly but huge amount of mud and debris left.

The through road may be out of bounds for a number of days.

The buses nos. 21 and 71 can't get through and anyone going over Newburn Bridge going south has to detour through Throckley.

Hell of a day here in Newburn!
 

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Block of flats at risk of collapse after floods in Newburn 25/09/12

Just been watching Look North and it's possible a block of flats in Newburn could collapse as one side has been made dangerous by rising water.
Block of flats at risk of collapse after floods in Newburn




Floods left the foundations of the building exposed Photo: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Fifty homes have been evacuated in Newburn in the Tyne Valley, close to a block of flats that could be at risk of collapse.

More on http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2012-09-25/block-of-flats-at-risk-of-collapse-after-floods-in-newburn/


Better pictures included within Daily Mail link provided on earlier post: -

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Block of flats at risk of collapse after floods in Newburn 26/09/12

Link to BBC News site 26/09/12

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-19730191

that shows aerial video of flats and surrounds under the "attack by water"


These 2 Sky news links of aftermath of 25/09/12 flooding

http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/40830

http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/40747


No doubt more to follow on this event as story has had live reports on both BBC News 24 and Sky News on afternoon/early evening of 26/09/12

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The Great Flood ofNewburn - 2012

Well, the sorry story continues today which was largely much drier and sunnier.

The water coming down the hill has subsided a lot but am today the water wended its way in a rivulet along High Street.

Lots of media activity with plenty for the rolling 24 Hour news crews about.

Later today pm the heavy gear has been brought in and they are trying to pile up the earth so that the remaining water goes past Walker Davison House into the culvert.

The roadway on the High Street looks to have collaped and the painters car which was completely submerged seems to be the normal road level.

Could be a number of weeks before this is resolved.

The water has to be diverted before there can be any possible resolution.

What is terrible is the news that the cycle shop has been broken into overnight. The new said the cycles were recovered and one person arrested.

Let's hope the police on on guard all night.



















 

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Spencer Court flats in Newburn on
brink of collapse, after flooding.

by Kate Proctor, The Journal, September 27th 2012


Spencer Court in Newburn where flats are on the brink of collapse

HOMES in Newcastle remained on the brink of collapse last night after floodwaters gouged out the ground beneath the building. The four-storey block at Spencer Court, Newburn, looks set to tumble into the river of floodwater that destroyed its foundations.

Meanwhile, looters broke into nearby KB Cycles and stole bikes worth £20,000 from the shop while roads were blocked by water and silt. Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with the break-in and have stepped up patrols. Shop owner of KB Cycles Keith Bradley said: “They’ve taken high value cycles which retail for around £1,500-£2,000 each – around ten to 12 cycles. I’m going to employ my own security guard.”

Last night neighbours told how they fear for the safety of their homes as they faced another night in temporary accommodation after the flood. Sasha Proud and Michael Langdown fear they may never return to their ground-floor flat. Mother-of-two Sasha, said: “If that building does go down it will disconnect the gas and piping and it will cause a massive explosion and that could take out our flat too.


Read More - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2012/09/27/spencer-court-flats-in-newburn-on-brink-of-collapse-after-flooding-61634-31915568/#ixzz27ejEW3ou
 

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Starting to look like this will be pinned on the Duke of Northumberlands Estate for their failure to repair the culvert since May.

These repairs can be done quickly, as we saw at the swing bridge. Looks like the Duke might have a hefty bill now!
 

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Spencer Court, Newburn flooding etc

In an attempt to show others the area being discussed in recent posts these are 4 screen prints taken from Google Maps (hosted on Phototobucket)

The main area



The area from Spencer Court (north) to south







Be interesting to see what follows from the public meeting being held from 1800 on 27/09/12

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Spencer Court

So the BBC are reporting Spencer Court is to be demolished.

Revealed at a meeting at Walbottle Campus.

What a way for residents to hear that news. :eek:hno:
 

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Spencer Court flats in Newburn on
brink of collapse, after flooding.

by Kate Proctor, The Journal, September 27th 2012


Spencer Court in Newburn where flats are on the brink of collapse

HOMES in Newcastle remained on the brink of collapse last night after floodwaters gouged out the ground beneath the building. The four-storey block at Spencer Court, Newburn, looks set to tumble into the river of floodwater that destroyed its foundations.

Meanwhile, looters broke into nearby KB Cycles and stole bikes worth £20,000 from the shop while roads were blocked by water and silt. Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with the break-in and have stepped up patrols. Shop owner of KB Cycles Keith Bradley said: “They’ve taken high value cycles which retail for around £1,500-£2,000 each – around ten to 12 cycles. I’m going to employ my own security guard.”

Last night neighbours told how they fear for the safety of their homes as they faced another night in temporary accommodation after the flood. Sasha Proud and Michael Langdown fear they may never return to their ground-floor flat. Mother-of-two Sasha, said: “If that building does go down it will disconnect the gas and piping and it will cause a massive explosion and that could take out our flat too.


Read More - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2012/09/27/spencer-court-flats-in-newburn-on-brink-of-collapse-after-flooding-61634-31915568/#ixzz27ejEW3ou
No chance of that happening as the gas mains feeding this estate were disconnected on Tuesday along with the electricity supply.
 

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Spencer Court Flooding

This News Item from the City Councils web site @ http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/scrutiny-inquiry-spencer-court-flooding-events


Scrutiny of Inquiry for Spencer Court Flooding Events
Published date:
Fri, 28/09/2012 - 17:16

Newcastle City Council is to hold an inquiry into the flooding at Newburn, Newcastle, which has led to families being evacuated from their homes.

The Scrutiny Inquiry was called for last night at a meeting with residents to discuss the situation at Spencer Court.

The independent inquiry will form part of a Scrutiny Inquiry going on into flooding across Newcastle following freak weather events over the summer.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Quality of Life, Coun Henri Murison, chaired the meeting also attended by the builders of Spencer Court Dunelm and Northumberland Estates, owners of a culvert.

Cllr Murison said: “Residents have been understandably devastated by the flooding at Spencer Court, the surrounding area and businesses along the High Street at Newburn.

“Residents may have felt that they did not get the answers to their questions last night. I hope by the council looking into the events at Spencer Court we can start to make sense of what has happened and how all those affected can be helped while their lives are disrupted.

“The council is determined to do all that it can to support those affected and help the parties involved to rectify the situation as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, an excavator moved into the dene behind Spencer Court today to remove debris from the mouth of a large drainage pipe to ensure that rainwater forecast for Sunday can flow away from the area and not fill the dene.

Demolition work on the most severely affected block on Spencer Court is expected to start early to mid next week. Demolition will take a few days - but it could take up to two weeks to also remove all of the rubble out of the dene at its rear.

The cost of clearing rubble and silt from High Street, Newburn, where businesses were also affected by flooding has been estimated at £500,000. The council has agreed to foot this bill in the short term but will recover all of the costs.

The access road and adjacent land is also unsafe, and any more extreme weather could cause further problems. So on Thursday, following advice from structural engineers, Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) had no choice but to ask City Council tenants at 18 households at Hareside Walk and Hareside Close to evacuate their homes. Unfortunately, they will be unable to access their homes whilst work is underway to repair the culvert and stabilise the land around the flats, which may take several months to complete.

YHN is working intensively to support the affected households to make sure their immediate needs are met and that they are able to access alternative housing quickly. They will contact tenants as soon as it is safe to access the flats to collect personal belongings, however engineers have confirmed that it is not safe to do so at the moment. Their technical team will continue to inspect the estate over the weekend.

Each of the affected households is immediately eligible for a one-off emergency cash payment based on family size. This can be accessed by contacting YHN's Investment Delivery team on 0800 091 1256.
 

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It is reported YHN tenants are to be rehoused in Pitt Street i.e Hill Court :eek:hno:
That place is a hell hole from what I've seen (used to do IT support for them).

Outdated, and full of down and outs. I wouldn't fancy it, to say the least. I'd liken it to living in a prison that you can walk out of when you fancy it.
 
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