There was a lot of unhappy Residents attended the meeting last night. Regarding First Asbestos Turning their small business into a Asbestos Transfer Station.
Asbestos is really causing a great deal of problems and although I agree with First Asbestos is doing a great job you are not allowed to have it so close to Residents and Working Areas.
Fly tipping is going on all over the country so people are in danger if Asbestos isnt handle right Anger after asbestos dump
But even the experts are getting it wrong
Here they are standing without protection and the man facing us has his overalls open –the dust can get in his hair ??????????? naughty naughty !!
And will they all shower before going home –of coarse not.
Anger after asbestos dump – Local news – Worksop Guardian
We enjoyed the meeting last night meeting the residents that I had met on face book Lordswood Campaigner has written a summery of last nights meeting
Here’s some personal feedback on the session at The Bridgewood Manor Hotel last night which is as I type bering aired on BBC Radio Kent and KMFM for the benefit of those who weren’t there and perhaps as an objective precis for those who were
On the positive front I was delighted to see Mavis Nye our mesothelioma sufferer, former resident of Lordswood, and speaker at various venues within the EC on the subject of Asbestos related diseases. Mavis you are a darling and we all wish you well for your new Chemo sessions. Best wishes to Ray too
Surprisingly the session was introduced by the head of Medway Council’s planning department with Mark Pullen rather than First Asbestos themselves. Also present was Cllr Alan Jarrett whose questioning of AF’s Debbie Hales was both concise and succinct. Also Cllr David Wilding’s arrival completed the much needed complement of all our ward councillors in Lordswood and Capstone. Tracey Crouch MP had previously sent me by private email, apologies for her absence to due Parliamentary commitments
This is not intended to be a minute of the proceedings but a brief summary and acknowledgement of the contributions from amongst others, Boxley Parish Council, the head teacher from our local school,and experts from the field of Chartered Surveying. A number of very relevant points were made in response to Debbie Hale’s presentation and a number of facts emerged. These included:-
Future use of North Dane Way/Albermarle Road and the additional activity of more asbestos operators using the site
Professional estimates on the effect on house prices in the area
The fact that members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors had carried out a survey of the area and identified 3 alternative sites which were much further away from peoples homes and recreation areas. This directly contrasted with Debbie Hales statement that no other site in Medway met with the Environment Agency’s requirements
Asbestos First’s risk management plans, including any provision for public liability insurance (nil in any of AF’s business proposals) in the event that there was a contamination caused by fire, weather vandalism or terrorist style activity
The figure of 70 tons a week in the original planning app would likely increase rapidly
We were informed by the council that as well as homes local to the site ALL the people who had objected
to the original proposal would be included in any new consultation process
I’m afraid to report that there was a lot of “Liar, Liar Pants on Fire” exchanges in response to Debbie Hales more blatant statements which were clearly either untrue, or deliberately misleading
I am sorry that Yvonne and I left before it finally ended – to be truthful it wasn’t going anywhere that we could see and the management of the session had disintegrated allowing the meeting to become a shambles despite efforts to bring it back on course
Personally I think the time has come for a more formal structure to our resistance if we are going to be able to prevent the development of this site
I am not the one to lead this fight. Being over 60 and disabled, my wife and I are not the best placed to represent the interests of the community. I would be happy to hand this page over to anyone who would like to continue it or expand it. In the meantime I will continue to post when info becomes available.
Then today the Kent on line Newspaper has written
By Dan Bloom –there were angry scenes last night as 30 residents confronted a firm which wants to build an asbestos depot near theirhomes
Debbie Hales set up a meeting over plans for her firm Asbestos First’s base, a former gritting depot in North Dane Way, Lordswood.
She told residents it could become a vital place for asbestos removal firms to bring small amounts of the deadly material cheaply – double-bagged and stored in locked skips – before it is moved elsewhere.
She said it would reduce fly-tipping, be more responsible and better regulated than it is now.
But those who live a few hundred yards from the site were hostile.
Howls of anger shouted her down when she said “it won’t affect property prices”.
An employee of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors claimed house prices would drop at least 30%.
And there were shouts, screams and loud heckles when Mrs Hales said “it isn’t fully residential, it’s on the outskirts.”
The site is a few hundred yards from a play area, Lordswood Leisure Centre and Swingate and Spinnens Acre schools, whose head teacher attended the meeting.
How the previous version of the plan was laid out
Medway Council’s planning chief Dave Harris, who chaired the meeting, appealed for calm several times.
He said Asbestos First made their application earlier this year without seeking advice.
After taking the council’s advice, they withdrew it so they could do more to reassure frightened residents.
Farley Close resident Lyn Reed, who arranged a petition with more than 1,000 signatures, said: “It isn’t on your customer’s doorstep, it isn’t on your doorstep, it’s on ours.”
Asbestos is already carried on and off the site, but currently cannot be unloaded from vans.
The Environment Agency had no objection to the previous scheme.
Mrs Hales said she had searched for a site for five years before buying the old gritting depot.
But retired safety expert Mel Maher, of Courtfield Avenue, said: “I don’t believe that because you could have built a new site somewhere else.”
Many of those attending had personal traumas. Medway is the second-worst area in the country for deaths from asbestos-related disease.
“My father died of it,” said Ballans Road resident Ian McKeand. “The legions that grew between his ribs in the last six months of his life are not worth describing.”
Former resident Mavis Nye added: “I’m dying of mesothelioma. I got it washing [my husband] Ray’s clothes, that’s all. So you don’t know that you’re keeping everything contained.”
“I’m dying of mesothelioma. I got it washing my husband’s clothes. So you don’t know that you’re keeping everything contained” – Mavis Nye
Ward Councillor Alan Jarrett (Con) said: “Once the genie’s out of the bottle, once the disaster’s happened, it’s too late. It’s a mini-Chernobyl.”
Kempton Close resident Adrian Griffiths added: “You’re a magnet for unscrupulous builders who will leave it outside your gates for you to clean up.”
Mrs Hales said there would be CCTV, a keyholder within a mile of the site 24 hours a day and a disaster emergency plan.
Residents focused intensely on the detail. When Mrs Hales explained how each bag is wiped down, one resident shouted: “And what happens to the last wipe?”
Others warned cars are often torched near the boundary fence.
And Aintree Road resident Melody Stokes slammed poor publicity over the meeting, which also changed venues at the last minute to Chatham’s Bridgewood Manor Hotel.
“Why the heck did we only get four days’ notice?” she shouted. “Half of Lordswood’s not even here because most of us work!”
Chatham MP Tracey Crouch with protesters against the planned scheme earlier this year
One resident said: “All companies want to expand. All companies want to make profit. What will your planning application be in five years?”
Mrs Hales said no-one could ever give a 100% safety guarantee. Neither could she rule out expanding in future.
But she said: “We’re a family-run business. We’ve been running for 25 years. We’re not allowed to do what we do without permission from the Health and Safety Executive.
“The regulations are pretty fierce. It has to be an impermeable surface, it has to have drainage, he has to have CCTV, and on top of that I work in the office [next to it] every day.
“It’s in our lives, it’s around. That’s not my fault – I didn’t put the asbestos in the buildings. I spend all my time trying to prevent people from getting exposed.”
A new planning application is yet to be lodged.
This is happening at Surrey as well OM Goodness read this Approval of the plans means that residents will now have two sealed, lockable 160-yard containers for asbestos to be imported on and off the site before being transferred to Kent, where it will be buried. The Tip must be having a lot of Asbestos if thats where it is being buried ??? Leaving it to the future to sort ???