Plans to turn an open storage unit on the Loco Works site into a special ‘waste transfer station’ have been slammed by Horwich residents, after it was revealed that asbestos currently in the industrial buildings may remain in the new development.
Urban Quarry Ltd, which is behind the proposed application, has stated that it is taking care to ensure the appropriate safety measures are in place, and that the works will be regulated by the Environment Agency. However, the potential for asbestos to remain on site is a major concern for locals, theboltonnews.co.uk reports.
Craig Rotherham, representing the community action group Horwich First, said: “Everybody knows there is asbestos in the fabric of these buildings and it is worrying that they are going to take this material and mash it up. The rubble will have asbestos in it and they will be breaking it up on the site – even one particle of asbestos can cause cancer.”
If the plans are green lit, the new station would be used to handle waste produced from the demolition of other Loco Works buildings, which are set to be replaced by a new 1,700-house development. While that development has council support, plans for the open storage space are likely to be rejected for the second year running, thisislancashire.co.uk notes.
Councillor Ken Denton added: “I objected to this application last time and I will again… Things get covered in white dust every day and I imagine there will be lots of complaints what with all the new houses that will be built on the estate.”