Action over flies from nut factory

Polluted balancing pond, Weedon
Polluted balancing pond, Weedon

Action has been taken to tackle swarms of nuisance flies created by the Weedon nut factory fire.

An abatement notice was served on the owners of the site by Daventry District Council’s environment team, which is monitoring conditions at the site on the Cavalry Fields industrial estate.

After the notice was served, liquid insecticide was sprayed into the building, which is too unsafe to enter but contains the remains of the various nuts that caught fire. Special fly traps have been installed.

Fighting the fire also led to significant pollution of a nearby balancing pond, as drains within the site could not be blocked due to the fire, allowing some contaminated water out.

That water contained pollutants which can remove oxygen from water. The damage to the pond has been significant, but no water has leaked into the nearby Nene which would have caused major problems.

In a letter to residents Paul Knight, environmental improvement officer at DDC, and Norman Robson, area environment manager from the Environment Agency, said: “Daventry District Council continues to liaise with the owners of the site and their insurance company to ensure that the clean-up and demolition of the building is carried out in a timely manner.

“The demolition works will be overseen by the Health and Safety Executive, who will ensure that any asbestos or contaminated material is removed from site safely.

“Improvements in water quality to date are encouraging. The site itself still poses a level of risk to the pond as no one has been able to get on site to clear material or further block drainage.”