The shocking events of the night of Saturday 25 March are still being absorbed by the community of New Ferry.
An explosion caused injuries to those who were in the vicinity of the incident, people’s homes have been affected which left residents unable to access their belongings and local businesses have had to come to terms with the damage caused to the their buildings which they rely on to trade.
As I live in New Ferry, I was on the scene during the night and witnessed the destruction and the horror that the explosion caused. I want to praise the emergency services for their rapid response to the incident and their continued work on the site.
In the days that followed came an overwhelming response of kindness from people who donated items to those who were left displaced from their homes.
People have also been donating money in response to the terrible event. To all those who have helped and continue to do so I want to say thank you.
What I have seen in the last week has been an inspiring community spirit and people pulling together during this challenging time.
Since the incident there have been meetings held for the traders and residents to provide them with updates and there have been advice hubs set up for those affected which offer advice on various matters.
Whilst some normality has been restored to New Ferry with some people now being able to access their homes and businesses obviously there will be a lot of work needed to be done in the future to rebuild the town centre as some of the buildings have been badly damaged.
I have asked Theresa May at Prime Minister’s questions what help the government can offer to help with the process of rebuilding New Ferry and she has offered to assist. A meeting has been arranged for myself and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local government.
My thoughts continue to be with those injured and the residents and businesses that have been affected.
The whole community response has been something I am very proud of.