If you are based in or near the city of Lincoln, you are welcome to come along to a talk and signing session I am doing at the city’s Waterstone’s bookshop on Tuesday 10 July at 6.30pm. I will be telling some of the family stories I came across while researching my Complete Dambusters book as well as showing some pictures which weren’t used in the final publication. I will also be debunking some of the often-repeated mythical stories about how the men who took part in the Dams Raid were chosen.
Following the announcement that the revised start date for Phase 2 of mustard gas clearance works by the Ministry of Defence was to be 16 April, notices have recently appeared at the Woodhall Spa end of Kirkby Lane, though not at the Kirkby on Bain end. The signs indicate that the road will be closed from April 15 at 6pm until April 25 at 6pm.
We have been advised that the revised start date for the Phase 2 works on site by the Ministry of Defence will be 16 April 2018 for (up to) a two week period. These works will be accompanied by a road closure on Kirkby Lane. As always, this revised start date is wholly dependent upon there being no other calls on the MoD’s resources at that time. Previous update | ELDC Incident Update page
Every time I drive down Kirkby Lane to or from Woodhall Spa I wonder what is going on in the aftermath of the discovery four months ago of mustard gas canisters in nearby woodland. The security hut is still there, and the area is still cordoned off. Fortunately East Lindsey District Council is still keeping us in the loop. Here’s the latest:
Update January 16, 2018
“We have now received the results from the water and soil sampling undertaken by the MOD’s Scientific Testing Laboratories (DSTL). Over 200 samples were taken and all have come back clear of mustard gas and other chemical weapon contaminants. Some works on the site, such as filling in the trenches and removing equipment, still need to be undertaken before the site can be returned to the owners. Until these works are complete fencing and a security patrol will remain on site. We will update the community further in due course. Continue reading →
From the East Midlands District Council website (November 03):
“A number of people have asked about the decontamination that will take place at the affected area of woodland.
Dstl (Ministry of Defence’s Defence and Scientific Testing Laboratory (DSTL) in Porton Down,) will do an initial sampling of the area to determine the extent of the contamination. They will then remove any contaminated soil. Any artefacts or munitions related to chemical weapons will also be removed. These items and the soil will be taken to Dstl at Porton Down where they will be incinerated. Continue reading →
Thanks to Councillor William Gray for this report on yesterday’s mustard gas incident public meeting at the Petwood Hotel, where by all accounts it was standing room only:
“There was a thorough briefing on ‘Police Operation Saddleback’. 22 agencies have been involved. 14 ammunition boxes of have been recovered from Kirkby Woods. 13 boxes contained mustard gas bombs. These are now being destroyed safely away from the site.
10 gas canisters have been recovered from a lake in Stixwould. They had not leaked and therefore the lake has not been contaminated. 3 people have been arrested and are on bail.
A small area of land in the woods has been contaminated and decontamination will now take place. East Lindsey District Council will oversee this operation with the assistance of professionals. Kirkby Lane will remain closed at present and the site will be fenced to prevent access.Continue reading →