Letter: Turner Brothers Asbestos site

Date published: 01 May 2018

Dear Editor,

What is happening with the regards to the highly contaminated Turner Brothers Asbestos site?

The Labour candidate does not mention it on his leaflets, but two years ago the then Labour candidate saw it as the most important issue in the ward.

Little information is forthcoming from the TBA information unit set up by the council.

The site is privately owned by a company registered in the British Virgin Islands but the council is acting on behalf of the company (which is based abroad for tax reasons!)

We have never been informed of who owns the site so that we cannot question them directly. They have they not published their survey of the extent of contamination of the site.

It is 18 months overdue, but we are unable to ask them about the contents.

Why has the illegal dumping of rubbish on the site not resulted in prosecution?

Again, this was first reported over 18 months ago - with video footage showing those responsible.

Theft of material on site is continuing with the council doing nothing.

Why have six new street lights been erected on TBA property owned by this foreign based company?

Why is a little advertised traffic survey being carried out by the council on Rooley Moor Road with a view to painting double yellow lines up and down the road?

When planning permission is applied for to build houses, traffic is an issue. Double yellow lines would improve traffic flow.

However, people living on Rooley Moor Road would lose parking space and the traffic would go even faster with no restraints imposed by parked cars.

Councillors and council officers are providing the public with no information about what actions are being looked at to solve the problem of this toxic site.

Clearly, they are doing nothing. Why?

It is a problem that will not go away.

It is clear that the only real solution is to turn the Spodden Valley site into a country park; it is time that our elected representatives got on and did their job - acting on behalf of the people they represent.

Time to change the politics and politicians who have run this town for far too long.

Vote independent for Spotland, vote Faulkner.


Mick Coats

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