9th Dec, 2016

Mystery surrounding 'dumped asbestos' as Council find nothing after investigating

Solihull Editorial 24th Aug, 2016 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

MYSTERY surrounds a pile of suspected asbestos which was dumped at the side of a road in Smith’s Wood.

The potentially lethal material was fly-tipped on Lanchester Way, Smith’s Wood and an appeal was launched by Solihull Community Housing on social media to find the person responsible.

But when officers from Solihull Council and Solihull Community Housing went to investigate whether the material was asbestos or if there was any indication who it belonged to, it had vanished.

The natural fibrous rock which was widely used to insulate homes and buildings until 1999 can be lethal if the asbestos fibres are disturbed or allowed to be released into the air.

When breathed in, asbestos fibres can can cause fatal and serious diseases including lung cancer and pleural thickening, where the lining of the lung thickens and swells causing shortness of breath.

Any Solihull resident who wants to dispose of asbestos can do it safely at the Coventry Recycling and Re-Use Centre on Bar Road in Coventry.

Asbestos will need to be double wrapped in plastic and sealed in manageable sizes and an asbestos permit must be obtained from the site before visiting by calling 0121 704 8000.