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Warning to call council immediately if they notice ‘paint thinner’ smell

Written by on 03/11/2020

Residents close to a chemical spill in South Yorkshire are being urged to call the council “immediately” if they smell a certain aroma near their home.

Sheffield City Council and the Environment Agency were called to the car park of the Royal Oak pub in Mosborough on October 11.

The pub and the car park have both been closed whilst officials work to contain the spill, which forced the pub to close its doors.

Two households close by have been affected by the spillage.

Sheffield Council has stressed that there is no increased risk to health for those living nearby but has issued a warning if they smell a certain aroma.

If locals notice a solvent smell, which may be sweet and similar to paint thinner, in or around their property they are asked to contact the council immediately.

Councillor Mark Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment, Streetscene and Climate Chang at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are aware of a chemical spill in Mosborough in the car park of the Royal Oak Pub, which has affected two households.

“The pub and car park are now closed whilst we respond to this incident.

“The area that is affected is limited, and work is underway to arrange a clean-up of the spillage, whilst ensuring safety of residents and the public is protected as a priority.

“We are in contact with those who have been affected by this incident, and we are working closely with our partners to investigate how this happened.

“We are also working closely with Public Health England on this matter and we want to offer assurances to nearby residents that there is no current increased risk to health for those living nearby or travelling close to the area.

“However, if you notice a solvent smell, which may be sweet and/or similar to paint thinner in or around your property, please contact your Council immediately on 0114 2734567 for further assistance.”