Residents' anger as they wait three days for asbestos to be cleared from alley

Wirral Globe: The sack of asbestos dumped in an alleyway photographed by a Globe reader The sack of asbestos dumped in an alleyway photographed by a Globe reader

A Wirral community claim they were exposed to a life-threatening hazard for three days after asbestos waste was dumped in an alleyway.

People in the Colwyn Street – Falkland Street area of Birkenhead have accused Wirral Council’s Streetscene department of leaving the hazard uncovered in an area where children play, despite a visit by one of its officers.

A Globe reader who did not want to be identified, said: “Although someone came out to investigate almost immediately and left a warning sign that it was asbestos, they didn’t even take the simple precaution of covering the contents over.

“They merely left a trio of traffic cones linked by tape which, as far as their effectiveness in deterring the attention of kids was concerned, might as well have been party balloons and streamers.”

The resident concerned covered the sack of asbestos with a plastic sheet and added a piece of board as an extra precaution.

He said: “The asbestos waste was dumped in what is , in effect, a public thoroughfare. This situation would be unlikely to go similarly unaddressed in locations such as Meols or Hoylake.

“However for residents of this part of town, three or four days of potential exposure to hazardous and life-threatening industrial waste, seems somehow perfectly acceptable.”

He said the official Health and Safety Executive guidelines for dealing with fly-tipped asbestos underscored his concern about the council’s “wholly inadequate approach to dealing with a potentially hazardous problem.”

The guidelines advise that if the waste is in an inhabited area access should be restricted until its removal; and the material should be covered and dampened to prevent dust being blown about.

Councillor Harry Smith, Wirral Council cabinet member for streetscene and transport services said he was unaware the asbestos waste had not been covered.

He commented: “I don’t think this was very helpful. I will get on to the relevant department as ask for the matter to be pursued as a matter of some haste.”

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2:33pm Mon 10 Sep 12

Spiffy says...

Heh. Reading this you could almost believe that...despite their desperate and increasing fear of "danger" ...residents were physically incapable of restraining their own children.
Heh. Reading this you could almost believe that...despite their desperate and increasing fear of "danger" ...residents were physically incapable of restraining their own children. Spiffy
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2:40pm Mon 10 Sep 12

WirralAl says...

Funny how there is no mention of where the waste came from. As always these kind of people dump it on their own area and expect it to be cleared up as always without charge.
Funny how there is no mention of where the waste came from. As always these kind of people dump it on their own area and expect it to be cleared up as always without charge. WirralAl
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4:57pm Mon 10 Sep 12

red devil says...

Look to yourselves for who put it there. Yes, the council should have removed it quicker but who put it there in the first place, if a local, *shrugs*
Look to yourselves for who put it there. Yes, the council should have removed it quicker but who put it there in the first place, if a local, *shrugs* red devil
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5:10pm Mon 10 Sep 12

johnbrace says...

I used to live in Falkland Street (but moved a few years ago), the alleyways were regularly flytipped then.

One problem was when tenants moved, irresponsible landlords would dump items left behind in the alleyway. After the introduction of ERIC charges, things just got even worse.

The alleyways are used by residents in these terraced streets to get their bins out, so they need to be passable rather than a health hazard. Cllr Harry Smith represents the ward (Bidston & St. James) where this relates to.
I used to live in Falkland Street (but moved a few years ago), the alleyways were regularly flytipped then. One problem was when tenants moved, irresponsible landlords would dump items left behind in the alleyway. After the introduction of ERIC charges, things just got even worse. The alleyways are used by residents in these terraced streets to get their bins out, so they need to be passable rather than a health hazard. Cllr Harry Smith represents the ward (Bidston & St. James) where this relates to. johnbrace
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1:10am Tue 11 Sep 12

Nigrette says...

"A Globe reader who did not want to be identified, said: “Although someone came out to investigate almost immediately and left a warning sign that it was asbestos, they didn’t even take the simple precaution of covering the contents over."

If you knew what it was why did you not cover it?
"A Globe reader who did not want to be identified, said: “Although someone came out to investigate almost immediately and left a warning sign that it was asbestos, they didn’t even take the simple precaution of covering the contents over." If you knew what it was why did you not cover it? Nigrette
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8:30pm Tue 11 Sep 12

Positive thinker says...

Don't know the area,is it were they all
scrounge of the state,smoke drink stay in bed till all hours and then slip out for more fags in there pyjamas,it's a wonder anyone noticed the hazodus material
Don't know the area,is it were they all scrounge of the state,smoke drink stay in bed till all hours and then slip out for more fags in there pyjamas,it's a wonder anyone noticed the hazodus material Positive thinker
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