A WIRRAL MP has said plans for the government to help rebuild New Ferry have been put on hold due to the snap general election.

Alison McGovern was joined by Wirral’s assistant director of environmental services David Ball yesterday (Tuesday) to discuss the impact of the blast with secretary of state for communities and local government, Sajid Javid.

Although the talks were positive any plans to help the regeneration have stalled.

On Twitter Ms McGovern wrote: “The Government cannot take any decisions because of the election.

“I will be making sure everyone knows New Ferry regeneration must happen.”

Mrs May vowed to help rebuild New Ferry and thanked those who worked so hard to support their local community.

Last week residents and business owners were allowed back inside their properties for the first time since the blast which injured 34 people.

The most badly damaged properties around the explosion site remain sealed off to the public.

National Grid has reported an increase in people calling the gas emergency number and as a result there has been a greater presence of response vehicles in the area.

New Ferry youth club have also provided a drop-in counselling session for young people who have been affected by the blast.

The next community meeting will take place at St Mark’s Church Hall in New Ferry on Monday, April 24, at 5.30pm.

A special telephone number has been set up for anyone affected who needs extra support to help cope with the aftermath of the incident such as counselling.

Anyone affected can call 0151 649 1859 between 10am and 4pm.