A grit storage site in a lay-by on the B1032 has been ruined by fly tippers and it is suspected that asbestos has been dumped.

The site was first reported to Essex County Council by an elderly gentleman who had noticed that the gate to the grit storage area was open. When he tried to secure the gate he found that the lock had been smashed and piles of rubbish had been dumped behind the grit mounds.

Communications Manager for Tendring Council, Nigel Brown, has advised that they are paid to maintain the site on behalf of Essex County Council and that work to clean up the site had been delayed as specialist asbestos contractors had to be called in.

It is good to hear that the council is taking the clean-up of dumped asbestos seriously, however, a more pressing issue this raises is where the fly tippers got the asbestos from and why they are not disposing of it safely and legally. Their blatant disregard for the asbestos regulations is likely to be universal and it is worrying to think that they are putting themselves and others at risk of asbestos exposure.

This is a prime example of the need for continuing asbestos education. Stopping asbestos exposure is the only way to stop people from being at risk of developing horrendous asbestos conditions, particularly the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, which can be caused by only very minimal exposure to asbestos.

If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.

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