Agencies knew little of wood chip blaze
I FELT your coverage of the wood chip blaze in Brampton (December 5) understated the seriousness of the event. I would just like to set the record straight. The fire burned day and night and, if anyone has not had to sleep in a smoke filled room, they wi
I FELT your coverage of the wood chip blaze in Brampton (December 5) understated the seriousness of the event.
I would just like to set the record straight. The fire burned day and night and, if anyone has not had to sleep in a smoke filled room, they will not have any idea of the discomfort and distress caused, particularly to people with chronic lung disease, such as asthma. I am not a doctor, so will not put forward any theories about health risks.
I believe that, while the fire service judgement to leave the fire to burn out was their call, I do not think they should be left to make a judgment about public health. They may be experts in hazardous substances, but in my opinion the Health Protection Agency should have been informed. I informed them a week after it started.
Information and advice leaflets could have been distributed so that residents could decide whether to move out (paid for by Marshalls, I would hope).
I discovered early on that there is no reporting mechanism for the public other than the Environment Agency emergency line. Their respondent told me that I should have contacted the HDC environmental health department. HDC had very little information.
However, I finally contacted the Environment Agency, which gave me chapter and verse because it licensed Marshalls. Communication between local agencies was patchy.
- 1 Eight Huntingdon children handed anti-social behaviour interventions
- 2 A1 set for night-time and weekend closures until August
- 3 Meet the Sassy Lassies cycling group encouraging women in Huntingdonshire to ride
- 4 Suspected case of bird flu in swan reported to DEFRA
- 5 7 of the most beautiful churches in Cambridgeshire
- 6 Part of The Busway set for weekend closure with diversions near St Ives
- 7 Police check home of 101-year-old animal rights patron for stolen beagles
- 8 New homes plan for Huntingdonshire village
- 9 Site cleared after 'grenade' prompts alarm
- 10 A "determined" Huntingdon man takes on Everest after a double lung transplant
I am happy to have Marshalls on my doorstep but would like to see a few changes in the way incidents are dealt with so residents can feel a bit more confident that pollution incidents are dealt with quickly by people who are well informed.
Mrs LINDA SINCLAIR, Abbott Close, Brampton