Fire Service response update: WASTE FIRE, Fen Lane, Long Bennington

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Councillor Alexander Maughan writes the following on Facebook. Link:  https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderMaughan

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have continued to visit the site at Fen Lane to monitor and control the waste fire.

The Fire Service has trialled applying a large quantity of foam as an alternative method of suppression, but unfortunately due to the deep seated nature of the fire, it had a limited impact. Therefore the agreed strategy with the Environment Agency and other partners continues to be a controlled burn, to try and mitigate the impact of water run-off on the local water course.

Fire & Rescue will continue to monitor the site with daily inspections and will increase visits and deploy additional resources as required and when site conditions change. The advice remains to keep doors and windows closed and limit your time outside if you are affected by smoke from the fire.

Residents are encouraged to report issues relating to odour or negative impacts on the environment, to the Environment Agency’s Freephone 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

For any other issues in relation to the waste fire, please contact South Kesteven District Council on 01476 406080 or out of hours on 01476 590044.

Below is a response from our MP, Dr Caroline Johnson

I have received numerous emails from constituents about the waste fire at Fen Lane, Long Bennington.

Please know that I have been closely monitoring the situation and I have been liaising with the Area Director of the Environment Agency (EA). I have been informed that the Environment Agency are maintaining regular checks on the site and that they are working alongside the National Air Quality Technical Advisor and Public Health England to assess the present and forecast weather conditions and the possible impact on air quality.

I have also spoken to Cllr Alexander Maughan about conducting air monitoring tests and I have followed this up with Public Health England and await their response

For any issues relating to odour or negative impacts on the environment, please report it to the Environment Agency’s Freephone 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

For any other issues in relation to the waste fire, please contact South Kesteven District Council on 01476 406080 or out of hours on 01476 590044 or Public Health England.

This ongoing investigation remains a top priority for all concerned, and I will do everything I can to assist as your MP.