Rochdale Township has recently taken a vote on plans to conduct asbestos air testing at the former Turner Brothers site. Andy Glover, the Chief Public Protection Office at Rochdale Council, said the authority needed to re-assure the public about any health risks they might be concerned about due to possible airborne asbestos contamination. Mr Glover said that he didn’t think the site posed a risk, but wanted to give locals the peace of mind that they were seeking and confirm that there was no threat.
Mr Glover said that “several monitoring stations” had been posted around the site’s perimeter, whilst another piece of monitoring equipment was being kept at the Council’s offices. He said monthly readings were to be taken in order for the bigger picture to be seen.
The Council is to analyse the figure and receive reports from consultants, Mr Glover stating that any information obtained would be shared with local residents. A coordinator from Save Spodden Valley said that the news of the impending asbestos air testing could be “cause for great concern”, Jason Addy stating that while the story may look like “good news” on the surface, locals’ fears may be justified.
Mr Addy told Rochdale Online that he had been asking for baseline air monitoring to take place for more than a decade, adding that the public could come to see the monitoring as a “cynical PR exercise with a predetermined outcome”.
Mr Addy expressed concerns that details given by the council were too vague, saying that an opportunity to get expert advice on putting together a “robust testing procedure” may have been missed. He added that the site used to host “the world’s largest asbestos factory”, in reference to official confirmation that of the site containing tens of thousands of tonnes of asbestos.
Describing the premises as a “dangerous and dusty factory complex”, Mr Addy said that archived documents proved that it was “no ordinary industrial site”. He went on to describe the site as a “toxic blight”, pleading with the brass plaque off-shore company’s real owner to make the site a safe “green lung” that the town could be proud of.
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