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Wishart releases follow-up response to fatal Perth recycling plant fire

Published date : 28 February, 2023

News Release from Pete Wishart MP

Attn: News Desk                                                     For immediate release 28 February 2023

Wishart releases follow-up response to fatal Perth recycling plant fire


Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, has released a second statement on the fire at a Perth recycling plant in light of new information that has come out. The statement comes following the announcement that a man has tragically died as a result of the incident, with another in hospital. It is understood that firefighters are still tackling the blaze.


Commenting, Mr Wishart said:


“The terrible explosion and fire at the Shore Recycling centre has stunned the whole of Perth, and for someone to lose their life so shortly after the tragic fire in the New County Hotel has just compounded the sense of shock. All of us in the city offer our condolences to the man’s family during this devastating time. We also hope for a speedy recovery to the other man who has been hospitalised by the incident. 


“This is the third fire at the Shore Road site in less than two years, and what we now need is a full investigation into what happened, a proper examination into what measures were put in place following the previous incidents, and information on what the statutory authorities were doing to monitor the ongoing situation at Shore Road. 


“As well as the tragic death at the facility, Perth was gridlocked for several hours this morning as detours through the city had to be set up to accommodate the closing of the Friarton Bridge. Today’s disruption is on a scale that we have rarely seen in Perth in recent years.


“The Shore Road facility recycles electrical goods and other materials which are difficult to dispose of. Going forward, the people of Perth need to be reassured by authorities that the necessary safety regulations are being implemented at the site to ensure that such a tragic incident can never happen again.”

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