Investigation into chemical spill that forced Sheffield pub to close
Written by Rother Radio News on 02/11/2020
A pub has been forced to close its doors after a chemical spillage in its car park.
The Royal Oak in Mosborough has been closed since the middle of October after reports that a chemical had leaked onto the car park on the High Street.
There were concerns that the leak had got into the water supply in the area, but Severn Trent and the Environment Agency both say it has not affected drinking water.
However, the chemical spillage has affected the ground of some neighbouring homes.
The Royal Oak announced on October 15 that it would be closing with “immediate effect”.
It said: “With immediate effect, the Royal Oak is closing. We are unsure at this point how long this is for but due to a health and safety/chemical spill it is unsafe to open at this point.”
MP for Sheffield South East Clive Betts said that an active investigation is ongoing into the cause of the leak but that it has not spread further than the drain it was spilt down.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The Environment Agency is investigating a pollution incident at a pub in Sheffield, in which a chemical solvent spilled onto the premises car park.
“Our officers have been on-site, assessing potential risks to the environment.
“It appears that the pollutant has not posed any risk to nearby watercourses or drinking water, however, the grounds of some neighbouring properties have been affected.
“We are supporting Sheffield City Council and other partner organisations in responding to the incident and investigating the cause.”
South Yorkshire Police say that the issue has not been reported to them.
Sheffield City Council have been approached for comment.