In March this year I blogged that despite strong opposition and an appeal, Medway Council approved the expansion plans for a waste asbestos site in Chatham Kent.
Asbestos First, the company at the centre of the appeal, stored asbestos in vans on the site in North Dane Way, Lordwood Kent, and was given approval to have a section of the depot used to transfer asbestos between vans and locked skips for storage, before the asbestos is removed for disposal every two weeks.
It appears that yet another waste asbestos site has been approved but this time in New Forest, Hampshire. Solent Environmental Services which has an existing waste transfer station on site, applied and has been approved for the disposal of the dangerous and deadly asbestos material at Hardley Industrial Estate near Hythe. Hampshire County Council has given the approval.
There was no opposition from New Forest District Council or the Environment Agency despite again, opposition from local residents who consider the site to be “not a safe distance” from their homes and hence affecting their health. However, the Council has required two conditions for approval: that the noise levels are reduced and that the CCTV on site can capture images at low light.
No requirements about asbestos have been attached to the approval despite local residents raising concerns about any leaked waste being blown onto their properties. Some fears have been reduced as Solent Environmental Services has urged local residents to contact them if they have any concerns.
As I have stated previously, any faults with the asbestos containment process could result in the local residents being inadvertently exposed to asbestos despite Solvent Environmental Services providing assurances to the contrary.
Alison Kerr specialises in Asbestos Disease Claims at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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