As a fire at Thrunton continues to burn more than four months after it started, support has been given by David Cameron to make progress with the situation.
MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Sir Alan Beith, took the fight to put out the Thrunton fire to the House of Commons.
At last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions Sir Alan, asked: “At Thrunton in my constituency a large fire of waste carpets has been burning since September 3rd. The fire brigade have been unable to put it out for fear of polluting the water supply and residents continue to suffer smoke and fumes from what is probably hazardous waste.
“Can I have the Prime Minister’s support in pressing the Environment Agency and the council to get this material off the site urgently, so that very worried residents can get normal life back?”
Responding, the Prime Minister indicated he would intervene on behalf of Sir Alan to ensure progress is made, promising to “look into the issues he raises” and assuring him that he “understand[s] the concerns” of Sir Alan and local residents.
Following Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Alan said:“I welcome the Prime Minister’s support for my efforts to get this site cleared of burning potentially hazardous material, and I will be pressing the Environment Agency and the council to get on with it, and leave the arguments about who pays the bill for later. Residents have suffered for far too long.”