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Rugby Council left with asbestos clean-up bill

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The serious consequences of not using a reputable licensed service to dispose of asbestos were highlighted when a road in Warwickshire had to be closed for four days following a fly-tipping incident.

Penn Lane, close to the village of Wibtoft, was shut to allow trained asbestos contractors to clear large piles of waste, which included a quantity of asbestos containing materials.

After examining the rubble dumped in the road, officials from Rugby Borough Council’s Environmental Protection team believe the waste was the remains of a demolished garage and its contents.

The clean-up operation left the Council with a bill for thousands of pounds and its portfolio holder for environment and public realm, Lisa Parker, called on businesses and the public to be more careful when choosing contractors.

"This has the hallmarks of a commercial fly-tip carried out by someone happy to make an easy profit at the expense of the environment and the council taxpayer,” said Cllr Parker.

"It may be the case a householder paid somebody in good faith to remove the rubble, having been told the debris would be disposed of responsibly. However, in such a situation the law makes it clear the householder has a duty of care to check the person removing the waste has the necessary paperwork to legally dispose of it.”

The Council also appealed for anyone with information about where the waste may have originated from to get in touch.

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Published: 23rd November 2016