Chamber Chief Executive, Tim Hutchings, has been invited to a private meeting with Lord Newton of Braintree who is chairing the the Health & Safety Executive into the Buncefield explosion later this week in his role of Chair of the Business Recovery Group.

Mr Hutchings said, "I understand the necessity for a thorough investigation and have realistic expectations of the time it is likely to take. Nonetheless I shall emphasise the wishes of businesses to see the investigation completed as soon as possible"

"it is also important that he understand business concerns about the possibility of the site re-opening at some time in the future. There are a number of complex issues but it is of paramount importance that any decision takes into account the absolute need for public safety".

Businesses that want to raise issues through Mr Hutchings can email on timhutchings@hertschamber.com.