Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:33

Asbestos waste dumped in a Blackpool street

Fly-tippers have dumped 600kg of deadly asbestos in a Blackpool street. 

The illegal load was left at the rear of Idlewood Place, off Sevenoaks Drive in Anchorsholme last week. The Council staff took less than 24-hours to clear away the highly dangerous waste, which had been sealed in blue bags.  Now calls have gone out for the rogue traders responsible to be brought to book. 

Tony Williams, who represents Anchorsholme, reported the fly-tip to Blackpool Council. And he is desperate to see justice served on people willing to leave potentially hazardous waste just yards from family homes and gardens. They need to be caught and properly punished He said: “I just can’t believe somebody would do this. “It’s just been left out in the street. “Not only is this illegal it’s also extremely dangerous “. 

For mum Wendy Ainton, it’s just one of a string of fly-tipping incidents close to her home. She said the discovery of asbestos had come as a shock. “I came from work and it was just there in the alleyway,” she said. “You could see straight away what it was. “I was out there for hours making sure nobody went near. “I had to tell the lads on their bikes it was dangerous and to stay away. “I was worried about cats tearing the bags open. “It’s unbelievable somebody would do this.” 

Blackpool Council confirmed it had been called out to reports of fly-tipped asbestos last week. The waste, made of corrugated asbestos sheets, was packed into blue bags. There is no suggestion any of the asbestos could have leaked from the bags and Blackpool Council made clear the material would only have posed a danger to health if broken. 

Blackpool Council today condemned those behind the illegal dumping.  Councillor Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Fly tipping is absolutely unacceptable, illegal and a blight on local communities. “Fly tipping asbestos shows a complete disregard to local communities and could be very dangerous. “We safely cleared this incident up within 24 hours but that costs time and money that could be used keeping the streets clean and emptying the bins.

“We need the community to stay vigilant to help us stop fly tipping. “People should only have their waste removed by legitimate registered waste carriers and offers to remove rubbish that seem too cheap to be true probably are. “At the same time, I’d ask all residents to keep their eyes open for evidence of suspicious activity that may be related to fly tipping, and report it to us online at www.blackpool.gov.uk/flytipping.”

Read more at:

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/asbestos-cowboys-deadly-waste-dump-in-blackpool-street-1-8163084

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