Published: Friday, 30th September 2016
Broadland District Council is appealing for information from the public after a large amount of asbestos was dumped illegally near the market town of Acle.
The hazardous material was left close to the Weavers’ Way, near where the 61-mile trail crosses the A47 between Acle and Great Yarmouth.
Asbestos needs to be removed by a specialist contractor as, when the material is disturbed or damaged, it can release fibres into the air that can cause serious diseases.
Thanks to the vigilance of a local resident, Broadland District Council was able to instruct a specialist contractor to remove and correctly dispose of the asbestos. However, the nature and location of the material caused a number of safety issues, both to the disposal team and to road users on the A47.
Discussions took place over whether to close the Acle Strait for a short period to allow removal, but through careful planning and traffic management the safety issues were resolved. In order to avoid the road closure, the asbestos was taken away for correct disposal in three loads, at a significant cost of to the council.
Broadland District Council would like to hear from you if you have witnessed the fly-tipping, which is believed to have taken place at the weekend, or know of any asbestos removal work that has happened recently in the area.
Any information about the fly-tipping would be useful, such as the time and date that you saw it happening, a description of the person and what they did, the colour, make, model and registration number of the vehicle they used, and any photographic evidence you can provide.
If you need to have asbestos removed, please note that this must be done via a registered waste carrier, who will provide you with a waste transfer note when they collect the waste. This is your proof that you have disposed of your waste appropriately.
Councillor John Fisher, Broadland District Council’s portfolio holder for environmental excellence, said:
“We urge anyone with any information about this crime to come forward. Not only did the fly-tipping spoil the natural environment but it also created a possible hazard to the public. Any waste that is dumped is illegal and we have a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping.”
If you have any information about the illegal dumping of asbestos near Acle, or any fly-tipping incidents, please contact Broadland District Council’s environment team on 01603 430534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also report fly tipping online at www.broadland.gov.uk/flytipping.