Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley is supporting an attempt to protect communities from hazardous industrial sites. Following the massive explosion at the Buncefield oil depot in 2005, the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden has campaigned for better treatment of constituents affected by the blast.

    Now he is sponsoring a fellow MP’s call for legislation which would lay down stringent rules on how close hazardous sites could be built to residential areas.

    Bob Spink’s constituency in Essex includes the Coryton oil refinery, where there was an explosion and blaze last November following a gas leak. The refinery is close to a densely-populated area on Canvey Island.

    Mr Lilley said: “We have seen people and property put at risk because there is too little separation between the handling and storage of volatile explosive materials and the surrounding community. I am delighted to sponsor Bob Spink in his efforts to ensure statutory national guidelines are laid down for the location of hazardous sites.

    “In the case of Buncefield, there should be no question of automatically rebuilding the terminal. The safety of everyone in the area should be the priority.