Residents in Kingsbury have been issued with safety information giving them advice on what they should do in the event of an emergency at the Kingsbury oil complex.
This guidance is an example of the Directorate's commitment to the people who live and work within our County
Emergency planning professionals in Warwickshire followed the major incident at the Buncefield oil terminal in December 2005 with keen interest as the oil complex in Kingsbury, in the north of the County is the largest inland oil terminal in the Country.
The main operators at the site are BP, Warwickshire Oil Storage Limited (WOSL) and Chevron. There are also facilities run by Shell and pipeline operations from the British Pipeline Agency (BPA).
Site operators have robust on site safety procedures but there is also a requirement for the production of an off site emergency plan to coordinate the response of the emergency services, local authorities and other agencies who would become involved in the unlikely event of any major emergency at the site. The production of this plan is the responsibility of the County Council’s Emergency Planning Unit.
Glen Ranger, Acting Deputy County Fire Officer, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue, said:
" Robust planning arrangements are essential when protecting the communities of Warwickshire. This guidance is an example of the Directorate's commitment to the people who live and work within our County"
The distribution of an advice leaflet to local communities in the vicinity of the site is the latest development in this planning process. The leaflet provides guidance on simple steps local people should take following any emergency and where they can go for further information. The leaflet recommends the nationally recognised emergency guidance of ‘GO IN, STAY IN, TUNE IN’, which means - go to a safe place, stay inside until told to do otherwise by the emergency services and tune in to local radio for further advice.
Jeremy Lee, Manager of the Emergency Planning Unit, Community Protection Directorate at Warwickshire County Council said:
“We have taken a partnership approach to this initiative as we have with all of our work at Kingsbury. The design and distribution of this guidance is the result of close collaboration between Warwickshire County Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council, the emergency services and particularly the oil companies at Kingsbury who have funded the initiative. “
Over 1700 leaflets and accompanying letters have been distributed to local residents and businesses. The advice and guidance is also backed up by detailed information which can be found on the Emergency Planning Unit’s web pages at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/epu