Chichester leader praises community spirit during Tangmere gas leak

Police tape remains after last night's evacuation of Woodfield Close
Police tape remains after last night's evacuation of Woodfield Close

THE LEADER of Chichester District Council has praised everyone who helped the residents forced to abandon their homes after a gas leak in Tangmere yesterday (October 7).

Tony Dignum said he wanted to thank everyone who helped respond to the incident.

Tony Dignum

Tony Dignum

“Last night’s gas leak in Tangmere was a fantastic example of how a community comes together to support one another under difficult circumstances,” he said.

“Sussex Police did a fantastic job of co-ordinating the response and our dedicated officers were on hand all night helping families who had been evacuated from their homes.

“The incident affected so many, that we opened our rest centre at Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester. The Co-op and One Stop stores in Tangmere provided food, while the Chichester Park Hotel, the Premier Inn and St Richard’s Hospital, all helped to provide bedding and pillows.

“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved – the response to this really was a team effort. We’re incredibly thankful that no one was injured and hope that all of those affected get plenty of rest this weekend now that they are back in their own homes.”

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