The removal of asbestos is unfortunately frequently required in a wide range of settings beyond the obvious environments in which the lethal substance is usually found.
This is illustrated by one recent story reported by the EssexLive website, concerning three tonnes of asbestos found dumped by the side of a road in Brentwood.
Concerned local blasts council for inaction
The fly-tipping of the potentially immensely harmful material angered Jeff Forkes, who alerted both Essex County Council and Brentwood Borough Council on Thursday 15th February to the presence of the asbestos dumped along Murthering Lane, Navestock.
Even after the weekend, however, the swiftly disintegrating asbestos could still be seen on the roadside. The area is a notorious fly-tipping spot that Mr Forkes said was being turned into the “pits of Essex” due to offenders repeatedly returning without impunity.
Jeff, a 20-year resident of Murthering Lane, said that while there had been numerous incidents nearby, the most recent episode could pose a health hazard for years to come.
He commented: “Fly-tipping inert material is one thing but tonnes of asbestos in the road is another. It is toxic waste. Someone is going to die because of this.”
Worries about the possible inhalation of asbestos dust
Mr Forkes said that despite the relevant authorities having been told of the problem, vehicles were regularly driving over the bags of roofing asbestos, crushing the material into dust.
He continued: “I’ve told them that instead of having to clear up sheets, you are going to have millions of particles and as soon as it dries out, it is going to go to dust and we’ll all be breathing it in.
“It’ll be impossible to clear up – it will lay in the verges and on road surfaces and then it’ll puff up in a cloud of dust when someone is driving with the window down. Common sense would be to clear it up now.”
Local authority pledges “safe removal”
A Brentwood Borough Council spokeswoman said the authority was “fully aware of the asbestos roofing which has been illegally dumped in Murthering Lane” and had “taken steps to ensure its safe removal.”
She added: “As part of this action, officers will be investigating for any information that may help identify the perpetrators with a view to taking legal action against them.”
According to the EssexLive report, it was thought that the removal of asbestos from the site would take place as soon as the necessary contractor paperwork was arranged, expected to be by the end of the week.
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