Millfield wall collapse ‘puts children in danger’
Children are being put at risk by a delay in repairing a collapsed wall and pavement, it has been claimed.
Local residents say Sunderland Council hasn’t told them when it will fix a wall which has collapsed on Chester Terrace East, next to the Metro line in Millfield, leaving a drop of about 20 feet onto homes and gardens in Arrol Park below.
Millfield Ward Liberal Democrats spokesman Niall Hodson said that residents have reported the collapsed wall – which gave way during a storm over two months ago – as well as the pavement running alongside, but both remain unrepaired and poorly guarded by unsecured barriers.
Niall Hodson said that a lengthy wait for repairs was unacceptable as the site is a commonly used route for children walking to and from school.
“It is really dangerous for pedestrians, motorists, and for residents living in Arrol Park, Chester Street East and the surrounding areas” said Niall.
“Many children walk past the site every day to and from school, and the barriers don’t prevent anyone from getting to the wall or pavement, which could cause further sections to collapse. This has been a significant risk for many weeks now and I share local residents’ concerns about the lack of information or action from the city council - people’s safety has to be given a much higher priority than this.”