20 Oct Six tonnes of asbestos waste dumped on country lane in East Sussex | UK News
A search is under way for the people responsible for dumping six tonnes of asbestos waste down a country lane.
Harts Lane in Hartfield, East Sussex, was forced to close for four days while the area was made safe by specialist cleaners – at a cost of £2,500 of taxpayers’ money.
Wealden Council is now searching for the perpetrators behind the dumping of the potentially harmful waste, which has been banned since 1999.
Asbestos is a dangerous carcinogen that can lead to lung problems if ingested, and was previously used in buildings for things like insulation, flooring and roofing.
Wealden Council believes the sheer quantity of the dumped waste means it would have to have been moved there on a large vehicle or in a skip.
A spokesperson for the council asks: “Did you see anything suspicious during the evening of Friday 9 October before 9pm?
“Have you noticed a large amount of stockpiled asbestos suddenly disappear? The asbestos was from more than one building.
“Thank you for helping us fight the fly tippers.”
Anyone with information should contact the council on 01892 602735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org