East Sefton Labour Action Team takes action to deal with asbesto

June Burns and Bill Esterson

 

East Sefton Labour Action Team is working with Sefton Council to ensure that a grot spot is cleared in Lunt - after the latest incident of flytipping saw asbestos tiling dumped. 

Residents contacted Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson about the latest incident of illegal dumping on Back Lane.

Locals said the problem was getting so bad they were preparing to get together to clear the site themselves but there was no way they could clear up asbestos.

But Park Ward Labour Councillor Steve Kermode immediately arranged for Sefton Council to send in a cleansing squad.

After visiting the site and speaking to local people, Bill said he feared for public safety.

Bill said: "When the residents contacted me about this issue and informed me that they were planning to clear the site themselves, it immediately set off alarm bells.

"I remember this issue came up last year when asbestos tiles were discovered dumped on public road side.

"Visiting the site again this time, and sure enough, among the building rubble and discarded sofas, there was a substantial amount of asbestos tiling.

"Untrained local people should not have to deal with this themselves. Asbestos is obviously dangerous. But I am pleased to say that Sefton's professionals have been to the site and are in the process of clearing it up."

Bill said residents had informed him that Sefton Council usually cleared up the site promptly.

Bill said: "The people I have spoken to told me that Sefton Council were always prompt when flytipping on Back Lane was reported.

"When I visited the site, some of the rubbish had been taken away and there were signs saying that Sefton had taken away evidence for investigation to get to the bottom of who was responsible for the illegal dumping.

"Dumping of this kind is not just anti-social, it is illegal and it is dangerous. It is senseless given the fact that this site is less than a mile away from the tip at Sefton Meadows.

"I have been informed of an increase in flytipping throughout Sefton and indeed the country. It is an issue which I will be raising with the government to see what can be done to clamp down on incidents of this kind throughout the country and I fully support Sefton Council taking legal action against the perpetrators."

East Sefton Labour Action Team's June Burns said anyone being caught flytipping needed to be dealt with through the courts.

June said: "There really is no excuse for flytipping. This area is a beautiful part of Sefton. But far too regularly that beauty is being spoiled by these illegal flytippers.

"What we found during the site visit really was concerning. There were lots of dangerous items in amongst the rubble. But what really concerned me was the asbestos tiles.

"Dog walkers go down Back Lane. Hikers and families do. It is disgraceful that those responsible have a flagrant disregard for the law, for the beauty of our environment down here and for the safety of the general public."

June Burns and Bill Esterson