Residents are being warned to stay away from a partially derelict site in Lake District because of deadly asbestos being dumped.
A notice has been served by environmental protection officers on the owners of the industrial site, and they have been given until the end of the week to clear the asbestos dump.
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Salthouse Mills in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, has been left perishing for more than nine years as developers stalled on plans to regenerate the site.
Consequently, the mills have attracted antisocial behaviour and arson attacks.
Although the dumped asbestos should not be hazardous to health when left untouched, if it is moved or torched by vandals, the particles will shift and put residents in the area at severe risk of asbestos-related health conditions.
If inhaled, asbestos fibres can cause serious scarring to the lungs and is known to cause Mesothelioma, a form of asbestos-related lung cancer.
The local authority, Barrow Borough Council, has been made aware of the hazard.
“We are aware of the asbestos and we have been in touch with the owners,” said Graham Barker, principal environmental protection and licensing officer for the council.
“We have served notice on them and they are going to address it by the end of the week.”
As well as the dump, the building materials at Salthouse Mills are also known to contain asbestos.
Youths have been reported in the past to be climbing the beams inside the mill buildings, which are partially derelict, and exposed asbestos is within reach.
Reference: North West Evening Mail
Date Published: September 29, 2017
Author: Jackie Kingsley