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Dale Farm declared no go area over asbestos
THE FORMER Dale farm traveller site has been declared a no go zone after dangerous asbestos was found on some of the bulldozed plots.
Officials from the Environment Agency are urging no one to venture onto the former illegal site off Oak Lane, Crays Hill, until the outcome of a probe into whether last year’s £7million eviction operation disturbed pollutants buried underneath from its previous use as a scrapyard.
The agency is refusing to release a report into the findings of a team of specialists who carried out a fingertip search of the green belt land in the autumn despite a freedom of information request from the Echo.
However, it confirmed asbestos has been found on the site and people have been urged to stay away in the meantime.
An agency spokeswoman said: “We advised residents to stay away from the cleared area of Dale Farm as a precaution. “
When consultants visited the site to take samples they identified bonded asbestos sheeting on some plots. “
Asbestos can have health implications if broken up so people were advised to avoid any actions that might break it up or disturb it.”
It is not yet known if the asbestos was dug up during the eviction or has been dumped by flytippers since. It is understood the agency will not release details of its report as there could be a possible prosecution of the council or traveller owners of the site.