Saturday 13th April
1 – 4pm
Just to let you know we have been advised that the fire is now out.
Envar Composting Ltd reported this morning that there was only a small amount of material left alight on site which they expected to be able to extinguish today.
Our incident Site Controller will visit again early next week to confirm that this is the case and at that point we will close our incident response.
We have (as the regulator) been investigating the circumstances of the fire, assessing compliance with the environmental waste permit. We will review our findings and take the appropriate steps.
We will also be advising Envar that they need to consider community relations and how they might engage productively with you, the communities that have been impacted by smoke and odour generated by the fire on their site.
Customers and Engagement Team Leader
East Anglia Area
Environment Agency, Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 4NE
Please see below for some useful information from UK Power networks, which might be useful to you.
You may have seen the forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Erik) expected to arrive tomorrow (Friday 8th February), affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.
We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.
Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.
Both you and your local residents will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut can:
We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.
If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.
We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.
If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:
@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of Storm Erik. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare #stormerik #ukpnnews
Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register for more information. #stormerik #ukpnnews
I hope this information is helpful and please do share it with local residents and members of your community who would find it helpful.
Public Affairs Manager
UK Power Networks
237 Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 6NP
The next PC meeting is to be held on Wednesday 6th February at 8pm in Bluntisham Village Hall.
Click here for the full agenda or see below for some items to be discussed:
All welcome to attend the meeting.
This years village litter pick has been arranged for Saturday 16th March. Meet at the Baptist Hall at 9am for your instructions. All equipment provided and maps issued. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Refreshments provided on your return.
Help keep the village tidy.
Save the date to come and meet your parish councillors at Bluntisham Village Hall on Saturday 9th March from 10am – 12.00. Check out what goes on in the village and meet some of the organisers of these groups:
Your local MP will be attending from 11am and your District and County Councillors will also be there.
So if you want to meet your councillors and have your say within the village then please come along.
Free refreshments too 🙂
This email was sent late on 17.1.19 from HDC Environmental Health.
Ward Members and Parish Clerks,
I am providing a further update on the fire at Envar, Woodhurst following today’s TCG teleconference.
Envar have continued work on site to move unburnt compost away from the current fire to, firstly, prevent further material adding to the fire mass, and secondly to create additional space around the fire to allow the burning material to be spread out to increase the speed of burn, and provide opportunity for more aggressive firefighting activities.
Today’s meeting has agreed that on Monday 21st January, next Monday, the next stage of firefighting on this site will commence with active firefighting using the on-site water provision, combined with breaking the burning compost pile. The addition of water to the fire will be monitored by Envar staff and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, but from a residents perspective this may appear to be an increase in smoke from the site, with the combination of what may be a significant amount of steam being generated as the firefighting water turns to steam. This next stage in the firefighting activity will commence from around 0900 hrs.
The multi-agency team remain in agreement that this is the best available option to bring the fire to the earliest possible conclusion.
Public Health England are satisfied that the current position, as at 1430 hrs today, does not present a health risk to the general local residential population and whilst odour may be present they remain satisfied that the overall health risk is low. Any local residents with health concerns should discuss the concerns with their local GP, or use the NHS non-emergency number 111. Calls, and local GP referrals, are also being monitored by the multi-agency group to ensure that this advice remains appropriate.
Head of Community
Huntingdonshire District Council