Council steps in to deal with blaze

In the early hours of this morning, Sheffield City Council stepped in to help partner agencies tackle an ongoing fire at an industrial estate in Ecclesfield.

Fire crews have been fighting the blaze at the Yarra Plastics site in Station Road since Wednesday night.

However, their work has been made more difficult as huge quantities of plastic at the site have melted together to form one large, smouldering, mass.

In order to enable the materials to be broken up and removed quickly and safely, Sheffield City Council has moved to meet the cost of bringing in heavy machinery.

This will assist fire crews in bringing the blaze to an early end, and also minimise any risks to residents from smoke.

Sheffield City Council will be seeking the full cost of this work from the landowner.

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “We are working hard with partner agencies including South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and the Environment Agency to bring the incident to a close as soon as possible.

“Clearly our main concern is for the wellbeing of residents in the area, who are still being advised to keep their windows closed while the fire continues to smoulder.

“We hope that by stepping in and assisting in this way, our colleagues at the fire service will be able to safely resolve this blaze sooner than they otherwise would have done.

“It should also be stressed that we will seek to recover the full cost of this work from the landowner, so that it is not a further drain on public funds.”

The cost of bringing in the heavy plant machinery to break up the plastics is estimated to be in the region of £10,000

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Barbecue Bins Installed on Devonshire Green

Cllr Jack Scott, "Phil The Bin" and Darren Butt with the new Barbecue bins

Cllr Jack Scott, “Phil The Bin” and Darren Butt with the new Barbecue bins

 

The Streets Ahead team is helping residents ‘Keep Sheffield Stainless’ by installing barbecue bins in public spaces, including Devonshire Green, this summer.

 

Phil the Bin, the city’s anti-littering mascot, paid a visit to the Green to urge picnickers to look out for the shiny steel bins and use them to dispose of their barbecues and hot coals safely.

 

Phil is on a mission this year to get all residents and visitors to help “fill the bin”, whether that means barbecue bins, regular bins or the increasing number of recycling bins that can be found across the city.

 

Councillor Jack Scott, Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “As the weather hot’s up we know that residents will be using the public spaces across the city to have barbecues and socialise. We are encouraging this but also asking them to take responsibility for their litter use the barbecue and recycling bins provided.

 

“Each month the Streets Ahead team collects over 500 tonnes of waste across the city and, while our street cleaners do a great job, we need all residents, businesses and visitors to take care of their communities and not drop the litter in the first place.”

 

Darren Butt, Operations Director for the Streets Ahead team, said: “Summer is one of our busiest times of the year because everyone is out enjoying the nice weather. We have over 120 street cleaners working day and night to keep the city spotless.

 

“However, litter is something that is very noticeable. If each resident, business or visitor disposed of their litter responsibly, then we could ensure it is a better place for everyone to live in.”