Dangerous asbestos dumped on footpath

Rubbish dumped on footpath near Thorpe Wood EMN-150813-133727009

Rubbish dumped on footpath near Thorpe Wood EMN-150813-133727009

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Fly tipped waste - including dangerous asbestos has been cleared away after being dumped near a public footpath close to a country park.

The waste, which includes bags of rubbish along with asbestos sheets, was dumped on private land next to a route which leads from Thorpe Wood to Ferry Meadows Country Park and Bluebell Woods.

It was reported to Peterborough City Council last week, and after discussions over whose responsibility it was to clear the waste away, a spokesman for the council said they would be removing it - but would try and recover the cost from the land owner.

The Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “We have been out to inspect the fly-tip and it appears to contain concrete-bonded asbestos. The fly-tip is on private land.

“As it is on private land the council is not responsible for clearing the waste and ordinarily we would write to the landowner to inform them of their duty to arrange removal.

“However, given how close it is to the footpath we have instructed Amey to clear it.

“We believe there is a clear public interest in removing this waste and therefore we have made an exception on this occasion.

“We will write to the landowner in order to try and recover this cost.

“The only person to blame here is the irresponsible individual who decided to dump their waste rather than dispose of it in the correct way.”

A spokeswoman for the Nene Park Trust, which runs Ferry Meadows, said they had been made aware of the rubbish, but it was not on Trust land.

If members of the public have any information that could help with a prosecution, or information about other fly tipping they should call 01733 747474.