Uckfield hazardous chemicals to be moved this week

Update at 4.45pm on Tuesday, November 7: Wealden Council says it is dealing with a pension fund to arrange removal of dangerous chemicals from an Uckfield industrial unit.

The council said in a statement this afternoon: “The council is dealing directly with the pension fund, which owns the building.

“Arrangements have been put in place and we hope that all concerned co-operate fully, to help to resolve this matter without further delay.”

In response to a question earlier today about whether a prosecution might be considered about the chemicals the council said: “Re prosecutions – if there was anything to be pursued this would be carried out either by the Health and Safety Executive or the Environment Agency.”

From an Uckfield News story published this morning: Dangerous chemicals stored in an Uckfield industrial unit are to be moved this week.

The news was given by Wealden District Council yesterday (November 6).

Picric Acid

It follows the discovery of a large quantity of Picric Acid, which was used in the past to make bombs, and, when in an unstable condition, can blow up.

A district council spokesman said the chemicals “remain in a controlled environment and there is no immediate danger to local businesses in the area”.

NHS patients

The chemicals, along with NHS sample pots labelled with what appears to be confidential information were found when a landlord took repossession of the unit on the Bellbrook business estate after the tenant company went into liquidation.

Read what happened after the discovery

Dangerous chemicals found in industrial Unit

Owner told to remove dangerous chemicals

NHS to investigate discovery of patient test pots

The story broke with the ‘bomb’ squad being called to the estate on October 27

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