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Three dumps of asbestos on New Forest beauty spots in just nine days

The load left at Sopley Common
The load left at Sopley Common

ASBESTOS has been dumped in three separate flytips across the New Forest in just over a week.

Forestry England (FE), which owns the beauty spots targeted, said the dumps posed “a real danger” to the area, as well as wildlife and visitors, and cost thousands of pounds to clear.

As reported in the A&T, a large pile of waste including roofing panels was discovered at Dur Hill, near Burley, on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd August. It has since been confirmed it contained the toxic material.

Roofing panels were again among another large flytip found dumped at the entrance to Sopley Common Nature Reserve, off Matchams Lane at Hurn, last Wednesday. It also included wooden planks and pallets, as well as turf.

Dur Hill, near Burley
Dur Hill, near Burley

A spokesperson for FE’s New Forest team said: “Both flytips were of asbestos materials and it took a whole day in total for both to be cleared given the scale of the material and the requirements of handling hazardous waste such as this.

“I don’t have an exact cost as the clean-up process is still ongoing but it will total several thousand pounds, given not just the cost of removing and disposing of this type of material appropriately but also the specialist teams and equipment involved.”

On Tuesday morning the authority responded to a callout to the Smugglers Road car park, also near Burley, where two large oil containers had been dumped. Asbestos material was also found wrapped in blue tarpaulin.

The car park was closed for the clean-up.

The dump at Smugglers Road
The dump at Smugglers Road

Anyone who saw suspicious activity or have any dash cam footage which can help FE with its enquiries into the dumps are urged to come forward. The offenders are believed to have used large vehicles to transport the waste.

The FE spokesperson added: “These large flytips contained highly hazardous materials posing a real danger to the Forest, its wildlife and those visiting. Investigations into them are ongoing.”

The authority continues to remind householders and businesses they are responsible for ensuring their waste is disposed of properly.

Those using contractors should check to make sure they have a waste carriers licence, and this can be done on the Environment Agency website at https://bit.ly/33k9xKA

Anyone with information about any of the flytipping incidents should contact FE by calling 0300 067 4601 or emailing southern.enquiries@forestryengland.uk

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