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Busy road closed after bags of 'extremely dangerous' asbestos dumped

. Credit: Bassetlaw District Council

A busy road in Nottinghamshire is to be closed until Friday (24 May) after bags of 'extremely dangerous' asbestos were found dumped.

A significant number of bags were fly-tipped along a four-mile stretch of Ollerton Road (B6034) in Nottinghamshire last week.

Specialists examined the bags and advice from the Health and Safety Executive concluded that the road from the top of Sparken Hill, Worksop to the junction of Netherfield Lane near Budby to be closed.

This road closure is likely to continue until Friday 24th May and possibly beyond.

The Council has appointed a specialist removal contractor to remove the dumped asbestos from the road as soon as possible.

This type of asbestos can be extremely dangerous if disturbed and the fibres are released.

The removal of asbestos has to be taken care of by specialist companies to minimise the risk of exposure.

. Credit: Bassetlaw District Council

We cannot stress how serious an incident this is and we advise residents and visitors to avoid this section of Ollerton Road until further notice and not to approach, touch or try to remove any of the waste that has been fly-tipped.

This is an extremely serious incident and we are horrified at what has taken place. There is no excuse or justification for a fly-tip of this nature and the people responsible have shown a complete disregard for the public’s health.

We believe that the bags of asbestos have been thrown from a moving vehicle travelling out of Worksop and as the bags have come into contact with the ground, some of them have burst open, scattering the contents onto the verge side and the road.

This is an extremely complex operation and will take many hours of specialist work and cost thousands of pounds to fully clean up."

– Bassetlaw District Council