Appeal for information after asbestos found fly-tipped in Papplewick
An investigation is underway after bags of asbestos were found dumped by the side of a road in Papplewick.
The bags were discovered by Blidworth Waye in the village after neighbourhood wardens from Gedling Borough had gone to investigate reports of fly tipping in the area.
It was only when they reached the site that they found the bags contained asbestos, which can be fatal if not disposed of correctly.
The council is now appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area on the day to get in touch.
A council spokesman said. “On Saturday, April 10, Gedling Borough Council neighbourhood Wwardens were alerted to a fly tip on Blidworth Waye in Papplewick, which upon inspection appeared to contain bags of highly hazardous asbestos materials that required a specialist collection for disposal.
“The wardens are now investigating the incident and will increase patrols around the area and look for any links with similar types of fly tips elsewhere that may shed more light as to who did this.
"The council is urging anyone who may have been passing the area and saw something on or around Saturday, April 10, to contact the council immediately.
“Fly tips are a blight on our communities and are costly to the tax payers to clean up.
"They can also be dangerous, not just for members of the public, but for wildlife and the environment too.
It’s important that residents carry out appropriate checks on anyone they employ to carry out waste removal, or jobs where waste is disposed of, as households have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly and can risk a penalty themselves if their waste is found to be linked to a fly tip.
A key priority for the council is to keep communities safe and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Where there is the evidence to do so, the council will seek full prosecutions for fly tipping and other offences such as dog fouling and littering.
"Residents can report incidents here.
“The council is now asking members of the public in the area who may have seen something to contact them.”