Appeal for witnesses after asbestos dumped on cliffs near Withernsea

Thu, 28 Feb 2019

Enforcement officers are appealing for information after a large amount of asbestos was dumped on cliffs near Withernsea.

Witnesses are being sought after dozens of sheets of the hazardous material were fly-tipped near the cliff edge off Hogsea Lane at Hilston earlier this week, posing a risk to members of the public and wildlife.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is in the process of employing a specialist contractor to remove the asbestos which will be at significant cost. Until then residents are asked not to go near or touch the asbestos.

The council’s streetscene enforcement officers are investigating the incident in the hope of catching the people responsible, and are encouraging anyone with information to get in touch.

They believe the waste was left at the site shortly before it was reported to the council by members of the public on the morning of Monday 25 February.

Officers say a tipper-lorry or large van must have been used to transport the asbestos, which is usually found on garage roofs.

Anyone found guilty of fly-tipping on this scale they could face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “This is a large amount of asbestos which should have been disposed of safely and properly, but instead it was carelessly dumped in a remote location.

“So we are appealing for witnesses and ask if anyone saw a large van or lorry, or anything suspicious in this area in the past week to please report it to us.

“We will take action against whoever is responsible.”

Anyone with information which could help identify the people responsible, or anyone who saw the fly-tipping take place, is being asked to contact the council’s streetscene enforcement officers on 01482 393939 or on email at streetscene.enforcement@eastriding.gov.uk

The council is reminding residents and businesses they have a duty of care to dispose of their waste legally and properly.

Anyone wanting to dispose of a large amount of asbestos – as in this case – should contact a specialist contractor to do the job and ensure that they make a note of their permit and/or licence details. Further information can be found on the Health & Safety Executives website (www.hse.gov.uk) or the Government website (www.gov.uk – search for hazardous waste).

Small amounts of household asbestos can be taken to asbestos banks located at four of the council’s household waste recycling sites – Airmyn, Carnaby, Preston and Humberfield at Hessle.

But the asbestos needs to be double-wrapped in thick polythene and sealed.

For more information on asbestos, visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk and search for ‘asbestos’.

Fly-tipping information:

  • Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.
  • For guidance on how to check if a person is a registered waste carrier visit the council’s website eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • The council provides a service offering to take away bulky waste, which costs £30 for up to five items.