Chemical spill near Maresfield now cleared up

A scare near the Budletts Roundabout, Maresfield, yesterday after 1,000 litres of sulphuric acid spilled from a lorry, seems to be over.

Tanya Paige Catt whose home is near the roundabout was concerned about fish in her pond nearby.

A friend advised that she and her husband turn off a bore hole and it remained turned off today although it is understood the spillage has been cleared up.

Tanya said the spill, which looked like a black sludge, was emptied into a tanker.

The Environment Agency confirmed to the couple that 1,000 litres of sulphuric acid had been spilled. They were expecting to hear back from the agency today about progress on clearance.

Worry

Tanya told Uckfield News: “It was a bit of a worry. We will be keeping an eye on the fish for a while to make sure they are all right because we have some very big ones in there.”

Police said they were called to the A22 at about 9am yesterday, Tuesday, March 31, to support East Sussex Fire and Rescue following the chemical spill.

Highways and the Environment Agency were also there.

Police officers assisted with road closures while the spill was cleaned up and the matter investigated.

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