A load of asbestos has been dumped outside a nursery

A nursery was forced to close for the day after a load of asbestos was dumped in the street outside. It’s one of five places in Milnrow[1] in Rochdale[2] where the potentially deadly substance was found strewn across the road last night. A flatbed truck is thought to have driven around the village shedding broken asbestos sheets onto the street.

Milnrow Pre-School on Charles Lane had to close today after asbestos was found outside. It’s also reportedly been found at nearby Moy Hill and under the M62 bridge. Council workers have today been carrying out a major clean-up job, which is expected to costs thousands.

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CCTV cameras at the pre-school captured the moment the waste fell from the back of the truck as it rounded the corner outside at about 8.15pm.

Speaking earlier manager Melanie Healey said: “We’ve had to shut today because of the potential dangers. “So that means parents have had to find alternative childcare, we’ll have to refund them for today and all our staff will be going home at lunchtime. “There’s a building site behind us and they’ve not been able to get any wagons up there until the road has been cleared.

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“The council has been brilliant.

They are here now cleaning it up. Apparently they are going to have to hoover the street then wash it. It’s a major clean-up job.

“The CCTV shows the van coming round the corner then the asbestos falling out. It looks like the sides and the back of the truck were down so it’s just fallen out everywhere. “If they were removing it properly it should have been bagged up anyway.

It’s dangerous. “It’s caused really big problems for the whole area. “It’s just uneccesary.

It’s had a real impact on lots of people.” Mark Widdup, director of neighbourhoods at Rochdale council, said: “We’ve been working with specialist contractors since late last night to remove the fly-tipped asbestos as safely and quickly as possible.

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“There is CCTV evidence available and our enforcement teams are currently investigating. “We investigate all complaints of fly-tipping and won’t hesitate to take action against those people who dump waste.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the council via rochdale.gov.uk/flytipping[4] or on 0300 303 8884.

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References

  1. ^ Milnrow (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Rochdale (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ Read more of today’s top stories (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ rochdale.gov.uk/flytipping (rochdale.gov.uk)

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