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Hebburn wall collapsed amid gales

safety fearS ... Coun Richard Porthouse is concerned about the state of the collapsed wall near Hazelmoor in Hebburn Village.

safety fearS ... Coun Richard Porthouse is concerned about the state of the collapsed wall near Hazelmoor in Hebburn Village.

The state of a wall damaged as strong winds battered South Tyneside last week is causing concern.

A 9ft stretch of wall collapsed near Hazelmoor in Hebburn Village after being hit by gale-force winds.

The wall borders a residential area and the A&P Tyne shipyard at Hebburn riverside.

Although a temporary fence has been put up, councillors want to see the wall rebuilt.

Inquiries are being carried out to establish who is responsible for the wall, possibly dating back to the creation of Hebburn Village more than 20 years ago.

Hebburn North ward councillor Richard Porthouse, has visited the site several times and is worried about the state of the wall.

Coun Porthouse, also chairman of Hebburn community area forum, said: “It came down during the high winds last week, and a fair bit of the wall has collapsed.

“Some temporary fencing has been put up, where about 9ft of the wall had collapsed.No one is sure who owns it, and inquiries are continuing.

“I have contacted officers at the council about this, but no one is sure who is responsible.”

Coun Porthouse said bricks from the wall fell on to waste ground at the Hebburn yard.

He added: “I’m concerned we could have trespassing through the wall, particularly with children, so we need to get the wall repaired as soon as possible.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “As soon as we were made aware of the collapsed wall, an officer from the council’s building control team visited the area to assess the situation and the area was taped off.

“The wall itself is no longer in a dangerous state. However, temporary fencing has been put up as a safety measure and to secure the boundary.

“Inquiries are continuing into who is responsible for the maintenance of the wall, so that the necessary repairs can be carried out.”

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