Dangerous chemicals still haven’t been moved from Uckfield industrial unit


Kevin Benton outside the Uckfield industrial unit owned by his pension fund where dangerous chemicals were stored by a company now in administration.

Dangerous chemicals still haven’t been moved from an Uckfield industrial unit.

Wealden Council said on Friday that it was seeking a court order calling on the owners of the site to remove the chemicals but the initial hearing had been contested and adjourned until this week.

The council said: “The trustees of the pension fund are responsible for removing the chemicals and liable for any costs and damages to others.”

Yesterday the council released another statement saying: “After taking further legal advice Wealden District Council is not proceeding with the court action to seek to enforce the removal of hazardous chemicals from the unoccupied premises at the Bellbrook industrial estate, Uckfield, as it is unlikely to be successful.

“There remains no immediate danger from the chemicals. The contents of the premises remain the responsibility of the owner of the site, the ACP pension fund, which is responsible for removing the chemicals and is liable for any costs and damages to others.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation with our partners, including the Environment Agency and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.”

Kevin Benton, whose pension fund owns the unit, said he was ready to attend Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Friday with his legal team to contest orders against him but received a text at 8pm the previous night to say the council wouldn’t be there.

He added: “My legal team are telling me it is not my liability but the administrators.”

Read previous Uckfield News stories about the chemicals here:

Dilemma over dangerous chemicals found in Uckfield industrial unit

Notice served on Uckfield industrial unit owner to remove hazardous chemicals

NHS to investigate discovery of patient test pots in Uckfield industrial unit

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