Chichester tip fire: Council's safety message to residents

Following a large fire at Westhampnett tip on Tuesday (April 2) the county council has provided an update and has given advice to residents in the area.

Friday, 5th April 2019, 11:16 am
Updated Friday, 5th April 2019, 12:22 pm
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Fire crews continue to attend the scene in Stane Street and have said the fire could take 'several more days' to burn out.

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"At Westhampnett we have the added problem of the waste being inside a building which has suffered damage. This restricts safe access and also slows down the rate of burn.

“Our strategy has been to contain the fire while the wind direction has largely allowed the smoke to disperse across open land. However, mindful that we need to try and prevent smoke affecting residents and businesses, we have explored ways to tackle the blaze with minimum risk of contamination.”

The advice from Public Health England is where the smell of smoke is detected, to stay indoors where possible and keep windows and doors closed. Exposure to smoke is more likely to affect people who have existing breathing problems, lung and heart conditions and if any symptoms persist to call NHS 111 or contact your GP.

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“We apologise for any concern this causes and assure residents and businesses we have explored all avenues to reduce the impact of the blaze.”

Staff are looking to restore a minimum service at Westhampnett as soon as practical but it is likely to be next week at the earliest before we can say when that will be.

Smoke issuing from the building on Tuesday night

If necessary, the nearest alternative sites are Bognor Regis, which will be open seven days a week for the time being, Worthing, Billingshurst and Littlehampton. Please note Bognor and Littlehampton are not able to accept trailers.