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Worthing councillor thanks teams for Brooklands response

Released: Thursday, 30 May 2019

A leading Worthing councillor has praised the quick response of authorities for preventing a major environmental incident after a diesel spill near Brooklands Lake.

Teams led by the Environment Agency were summoned yesterday (29th May 2019) after the fuel was shed on Lancing Business Park.

Unfortunately some of the diesel made its way through surface water drains into the nearby Brooklands Lake, which is owned and managed by Worthing Borough Council.

But thanks to the quick response from the Environment Agency, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and Adur & Worthing Councils, the fuel was quickly contained in a small section of the habitat.

Specialist teams then scraped and mopped the diesel off the surface of the lake reducing the risk to wildlife.

Representatives of all authorities involved have returned to the site today and fire crews have agreed to clean the sewers to ensure any residue of diesel is removed.

The incident remains under investigation by the Environment Agency.

Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:

“I want to praise the teams from a range of authorities for responding so quickly to this incident. Thanks to their diligent response a potentially major environmental incident at this much-loved local landmark has been prevented.”

“Teams from our parks team are on site today to assess the impact on local wildlife living in and near the lake.”

“We will also continue to work with our partner authorities to establish how this happened and support efforts to establish if there are any measures which could be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future. Any response will need to balance protecting the unique wildlife habitat of Brooklands with the fact the lake exists to collect rainwater to prevent the local area from flooding.”

“I also want to thank the wider public for their patience and assure them that we are continuing to push forward our ambitious plans to transform the park into an exciting destination which local residents can be proud of.”

See also: Brooklands Park Masterplan

Photo: Teams on site at Brooklands Park after a diesel spill nearby

PR19-089 - Teams on site at Brooklands Park after a diesel spill nearby

Photo: Work on clearing up a contained amount of diesel at Brooklands Park continues

PR19-089 - Work on clearing up a contained amount of diesel at Brooklands Park continues

Photo: A diesel spill near Brooklands Lake was contained after work by Environment Agency

PR19-089 - A diesel spill near Brooklands Lake was contained after work by Environment Agency

Photo: Worthing councillor Ed Crouch has thanked teams for Brooklands response after a diesel spill nearby

PR19-089 - Worthing councillor Ed Crouch has thanked teams for Brooklands response after a diesel spill nearby

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