Plea for facility to handle disposal of asbestos
CALLS have been made to Lincolnshire County Council to help make it easier for Wolds residents to dispose of asbestos.
West Lindsey Councillor for Market Rasen Ken Bridger has urged the council to develop an asbestos policy to enable those living in the area to be able to get rid of the specialised waste.
He said: "The problem is that a householder or business has to hire a private firm to dispose of asbestos.
"Our neighbouring authorities North and North East Lincolnshire will take it for free and, in North East Lincolnshire, it can go to a recycling centre.
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"That is a fantastic facility that we don't have. Lincolnshire will not take it either by collection or at an amenity site."
Councillor Bridger added that he believed one consequence of the lack of amenities was that residents and businesses may resort to fly-tipping out of frustration.
He said: "It can costs thousands of pounds to dispose of asbestos and many do not have that kind of money.
"I would like to see an asbestos container at the Gallimore Lane site here in Market Rasen. There is a lot of asbestos shedding in this area and residents ask me where they can take it."
The councillor admitted that his strong views on the subject came following an issue two years ago when, during his term as Mayor of Market Rasen, the town council had to pay out to remove top soil contaminated with asbestos from a playing field.
He also holds an environmental science degree and is determined to press for better facilities locally.
He said: "People dump asbestos on grass verges and then, in summer, the grass cutters churn it all up. That is not very satisfactory either."