Anger after asbestos dump

Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, Julie Leigh, Environmental health officer, Mick Barton, (left) and Waste Operations Manager, Tim Andrews, look on as Environmental Services remove dangerous asbestos sheets which have been dumped in Red Lane, Worksop.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, Julie Leigh, Environmental health officer, Mick Barton, (left) and Waste Operations Manager, Tim Andrews, look on as Environmental Services remove dangerous asbestos sheets which have been dumped in Red Lane, Worksop.
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Residents and council officers were left appalled after asbestos was left dumped by the side of the road.

Just one week after Bassetlaw Council announced that it would actively seek to prosecute fly-tippers, a Worksop Guardian reader contacted the newspaper to report a waste dump on Red Lane in Carlton Forest.

Environmental Services remove dangerous asbestos sheets which have been dumped in Red Lane, Worksop

Environmental Services remove dangerous asbestos sheets which have been dumped in Red Lane, Worksop

A specialist team were sent by the council to the site, where they discovered a number of broken asbestos sheets amongst bags of household rubbish.

The environmental health team were able to find address details to trace some of the waste, and will issue a fixed penalty notice shortly.

Julie Leigh, portfolio holder for environment and leisure, said: “Fly-tipping is unacceptable and in this latest case, very dangerous. I am appalled that people think they can get away with leaving asbestos at the side of the road and feel they can dump waste with impunity.”

“We all have a responsibility to keep Bassetlaw clean and tidy and I would urge anybody who spots fly-tippers to call the council’s hotline. Fly-tipping is a problem and we need your help to gather evidence which can lead to a prosecution or serve fixed penalty notices.”

In the last year Bassetlaw Council spent around £60,000 cleaning up almost 900 fly-tipping incidents, 35 involving asbestos.

Fly-tipping carries a fine of up to £50,000 and 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted in magistrates’ court, and an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment if in crown court.

To report fly-tipping, call the hotline on 01909 534501.