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Dumped asbestos costs Fenland tax payers over £3,000 to be cleared from a river bank




Specialist contractors were out first thing this morning (Thursday) clearing up more than dozen bags of building waste including asbestos dumped on a Fenland river bank.

Contractors from Bedford work to clear the dumped asbestos wearing protective clothing. (8127840)
Contractors from Bedford work to clear the dumped asbestos wearing protective clothing. (8127840)

Workers from Bedford-based C Jackson and Sons spent a couple of hours damping down the waste, which was found dumped at a flytipping hotspot on the banks of the Sixteen Foot at its junction with the Forty Foot (or Vermuden's Drain) just up from Byall Fen Drove.

The workers then used a mini-digger and shovells to load the damp hazardous material into a skip to take it away, the task was nearly complete just before 9am.

One of the workers described the material as corrugated roofing sheets from either a shed, garage or agricultural building and said they were bonded, so were marginally less dangerous than normal asbestos.

Ryszard Warman posted this image of the dumped aasbestos on Facebook after reporting it to the authorities. (8127842)
Ryszard Warman posted this image of the dumped aasbestos on Facebook after reporting it to the authorities. (8127842)

A spokesman for Fenland District Council, which paid over £3,000 for the contractors to remove the hazardous material, said they were unable to use their own workers because of the asbestos content.

She said: “The scale and audacity of this crime is shocking and has cost several thousands of pounds to clear up. Exposure to asbestos can also be a serious health hazard so we have worked with our partners, including the Environment Agency, to investigate the incident, gather evidence to ensure the waste was removed as quickly as possible. Witnesses are key to helping us identify who is responsible and we would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch with us at: streetscene@fenland.gov.uk. Alternatively, contact the Environment Agency Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. We are committed to catching those who fly tip in our district and would urge people to report any such activity that appears suspicious.”



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