SAFETY chiefs have agreed to meet residents whose homes were rocked by explosions after a fire at a Huddersfield chemical plant.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the blaze at Grosvenor Chemicals in Linthwaite.
Houses in the village were rocked by explosions following the fire at the Lees Mill Lane plant a year ago.
More than 150 firefighters battled the blaze which destroyed a large warehouse at the plant.
A group of 20 villagers who live within a mile of the site formed Colne Valley Residents to push for more information about the factory’s safety procedures.
The HSE has now agreed to meet the group at Slaithwaite Conservative Club at 8pm on June 23.
Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney helped organise the meeting.
The Conservative said yesterday: “I’ve managed to persuade the HSE to come and meet the residents’ group and explain its findings.
“The residents are extremely concerned about what happened and about whether it could happen again.
“They are worried about the type of chemicals on site and the way they’re stored.
“They are also concerned about emergency procedures – should they evacuate or close their windows?
“It’s not just about what happened last May, it’s about the fears of what had happened. The residents didn’t know whether to get in their cars and drive away.”
Mr McCartney added that Grosvenor Chemicals had been working with Colne Valley Residents.
The HSE declined to comment yesterday. Grosvenor Chemicals could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile the Government announced yesterday that the number of health and safety inspections would be cut by 65,000 next year.
Employment minister Chris Grayling said firms with a good safety record would no longer face regular inspections.
“This is another step on our journey to restore common sense,” he said.