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Approval for Kent asbestos site

Expansion plans for a waste asbestos site in Chatham, Kent, have received planning approval on appeal, following previous objections.

The plans had been rejected by Medway Council after it had received “hundreds of objections” to the Asbestos First proposals, according to the BBC.

The company has stated that it intends to step up its efforts of working with the local population to reassure people and gain their trust.

The Lordwood site is already used to store asbestos in vans and the company applied for permission to also used locked skips for storage.

Material will be transferred from the vans to the skips, which will be emptied once a fortnight and the material sent for disposal.

Chatham MP Tracey Crouch said: “I am very disappointed that the asbestos transfer site has been given permission.

“Local residents, local politicians and the whole council’s planning committee decided that it shouldn’t.”

Medway councillors had a number of environmental concerns, as well as worries about the security of the site, the number of vehicles coming and going and the proximity to homes.

Asbestos First managing director Debbie Hales told the BBC the depot should not pose any health risk to residents.

“I am going to be here every day. I don’t want to be next to something that would cause a risk to myself, let alone anybody else who works here,” she said.