Jet Aire Services is working with environmental specialists on a drainage job in partnership with Gee Dee.
The work, which is expected to last for up to two weeks at a site on the outskirts of Darlington, is being overseen by Rachel Hepburn from RH Ecological Services. Rachel is ensuring that no Great Crested Newts – a European Protected Species – are harmed during the project. The work being undertaken will result in the removal of bulrush and substrate/silt at the end of a ditch in order to locate a drain which has become blocked.
JRachel said: “My main role is to ensure no newts get sucked up into the machinery or crushed during the works. “This is done by simply adding a filter onto the pumps depending on the depth of water and level of silt we are using scaffolding netting, or a very small hole metal grill that has been custom made. “For the silt removal the material will be moved from the banksides via a digger, which will allow the ecologists to sort through it for amphibians as well as give them between 24 and 48 hours to move away of their own accord. “As a sole trader I feel the personal approach and building relationships with businesses such as Jet Aire Services and the sub-contractors from Gee Dee are really important. “All of the legislation and RAMS are being followed and both Jet Aire Services and Gee Dee should be commended for ensuring the favourable conservation status of the species concerned is maintained.”
JJohn Smith, Sales Contracts Manager at Jet Aire Services, added: “Following the relevant procedure is paramount on every job that we do as a business. “Every job we do is different, and this particular contract brings a different set of challenges from the environmental point of view. “Rachel has been very informative about her role in the work, and the team onsite have all been taking extra care to ensure that when the contract is completed there will have been no lasting damage to the site and its inhabitants.”
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