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Kodak shut out of Buncefield until December

June 14, 2006

Kodak will not be able to move back to its base on the site of the Buncefield fuel depot explosions in Hertfordshire until December – a year after the disaster.

The blasts, on 11 December 2005, forced Kodak?s business centre staff to move out of their state-of-the-art offices at Buncefield, near Hemel Hempstead where they had only been for three months.

Initially staff moved to temporary offices in Harrow. They then moved into their former base – Kodak House ? which is in Hemel Hempstead town centre.

The company has released a statement saying that it expects staff to return the Buncefield-based building, Hemel One, in December ?following completion of extensive renovation to the building?.

The decision to maintain links with Hemel has apparently delighted local MP Mike Penning who said: ?Kodak has played an important role in the local community for nearly 50 years and with this decision is demonstrating an important commercial lead. I sincerely hope that this will encourage other businesses to show similar commitment.?