The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) is encouraging its members to continue lobbying their MPs regarding the latest Fire Prevention Plan Guidance following the EA’s recent consultation.
Andy Hill, chair of the WRA, said he was delighted with the number of people who had responded to the consultation, which finished earlier this month. But he said it was important that businesses who felt FPP could cause them an issue continued to keep up the pressure on decision makers.
The latest FPP guidance was introduced a year ago and impacts on any business storing combustible materials. The EA launched a consultation into the guidance last November following concerns raised across the waste and recycling sector about the guidance.
“We understand the EA received 129 replies to the consultation which is a great amount. Obviously those responses will be varied in their content but the fact that many people felt the need to respond is encouraging and we hope it will enable the EA to see some of the concerns the industry has”
Andy said: “We understand the EA received 129 replies to the consultation which is a great amount. Obviously those responses will be varied in their content but the fact that many people felt the need to respond is encouraging and we hope it will enable the EA to see some of the concerns the industry has.
“We all agree the need for an FPP for waste and recycling sites. The question has always been around the detail. The WRA and others would like an approach, which allows for more flexibility within agreed realms of safety. And we would like the fire and rescue service to have more input at a local level. The WRA believes one size cannot fit all circumstances and we are hopeful we will be able to work with the EA on this going forward.”
The WRA is now calling on its members who are worried about FPP to speak with their local MPs to ensure their concerns and fears are heard at all levels.
“We know there are wood recyclers who genuinely fear for their livelihoods going forward if the current FPP guidance doesn’t change,” said Andy. “These aren’t people trying to operate outside of the law. They are bona fide businesses of all sizes who want to continue running their business but who risk not being able to because of the restrictions placed on them in the FPP guidance.”