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I was feeling for residents living in the Wigan, Lancashire area yesterday, after learning that they were in unexpected extreme lockdown on the hottest day of the year, while 20 fire crews using two aerial appliances and two high volume pumps tackled a huge fire at the civic amenity tip on the Sankey Valley Industrial Estate. Smoke could be seen across the North West, nearby businesses and residents were told to keep their windows and doors closed, roads were closed and rail travel disrupted. The blaze had been brought under control by late evening although fire crews continued working overnight. Luckily, no-one was injured.
I'm a regular user of my local tip and know that these facilities, to which all our rubbish and recyclables are taken and sorted, are home to all sorts of things that won't be pleasant when burned. With tips only reopened last week and reports of lengthy queues, I can only imagine that this particular one will have been filled to the brim. There's an old saying in England, stemming from when the North became highly industrialised: "It's grim up North.” Well it certainly was yesterday! I hope everyone has a better day today.
From spraying foam and water on fires to spraying streets with chemicals...
Years ago, whilst on the Paris neck of an Interrail tour of Europe and North Africa, we watched the streets sprayed each morning - we assume with water - and were impressed at how clean and dust-free the city was kept. This week I read that thousands of litres of cleaning solution is being sprayed onto streets throughout Hull city centre, its arterial routes and 52 shopping developments, to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and reassure residents that the council is working to ensure public safety. If this is just about Coronavirus rather than street cleaning in general, wouldn't any safe environment or surface potentially become contaminated as soon as the first Covid-19 carrier has passed by? I've come across a lot of reports globally about random disinfectant spraying and am worried about its environmental impact for what may just be a few seconds of protection.
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21st May 2020