Safety fears raised after asbestos found in quiet Fareham street

SAFETY fears have been raised after six tonnes of builders' waste containing hazardous asbestos was dumped on a quiet road.

Saturday, 4th June 2016, 6:00 am
The fly-tipping in Pook Lane, Fareham

MaryAnne Brierley woke up on Thursday morning to the sight of four huge rubbish bags dumped near her home in Pook Lane, Fareham.

The 63-year-old said it was the second time in three months that rubbish had been left on the country road.

She explained: ‘We’re getting really quite fed up with it now.

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Pook Lane in Fareham was closed after fly-tippers dumped asbestos

‘I really wonder what goes through the minds of people who do it.’

‘The fact that it contains asbestos is really quite troubling.

‘It comes as such an inconvenience to people that live in the road.

‘I just don’t understand why they do it.’

Pook Lane in Fareham was closed after fly-tippers dumped asbestos

Ms Brierley is appealing to the public to help her track down the fly-tippers.

A huge pile of rubbish which included fence panels, nails and household waste had been dumped on the road at the end of March.

She added: ‘We need to catch those responsible for it.

‘It simply has to stop.’

Hampshire County Council closed the road on Thursday morning because of the fly-tipping and the closure was still in place yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the council said: ‘Six tonnes of builders’ waste was dumped on Pook Lane in Fareham and was found to contain hazardous waste (asbestos).

‘In the interests of public safety, the council took the decision to close the road.’

A specialist contractor was commissioned by the council to manage the safe removal and disposal of the waste.

The waste was subsequently removed from Pook Lane at about 3pm yesterday and the road is now clear.

Anyone who knows any information about the incident is asked to call Hampshire police on 101.