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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-31-03

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New Ferry explosion - Partners continue to work with affected residents and businesses on recovery phase

A number of shops and businesses in New Ferry have reopened on 31 March 2017, less than a week after the explosion which rocked the Village.

Some residents have also been able to regain access to their homes as the cordon around the incident scene has been scaled back.

However, the blast site and immediate surrounding area will remain within a cordon as Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Wirral Council, the Health and Safety Inspectorate and National Grid continue their joint investigation into the cause of the explosion.

A further meeting of affected residents and businesses will take place, on Monday, 3 April 2017, at 5.30pm, at St Mark's Church, New Chester Road, New Ferry. This is being facilitated by the New Ferry Town Team, working alongside Wirral Council and other key partners in the recovery phase after this incident.

David Ball, Wirral Council's Assistant Director, Environmental Services, is leading the Council's recovery operation after the explosion and said:- "In the circumstances, we are really pleased with the progress made in terms of getting a number of affected residents and traders back into their premises. Everyone has been very patient and supportive and this makes the work all agencies are doing that much easier. Unfortunately for a number of other residents and businesses, it will be a while longer before we are able to provide them with definitive information, but we remain in regular contact with those and continue to do what we can to help."

Also as part of the recovery phase, partners will continue to operate a contact point within New Ferry Village Hall throughout next week, for people to drop in with any further queries or issues they may have and there will be staff on hand to speak to. This will not be open over the course of this weekend; if anyone has any urgent needs out of hours and on Saturday or Sunday, they should call the Council's Emergency Duty Team on:- 0151 677 6557.

AskUsWirral are hosting an informal drop in / coffee evening this evening, at St Mark's Church, New Ferry, for anyone affected by the explosion. There will be a qualified counsellor on hand. There are 2 sessions, 5pm to 6pm and 6pm to 7pm.


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