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U.K. (Mesothelioma Cancer News) – The Halton Borough Council recently granted approval for plans to build over 100 new homes at a site formerly used to make cement products that contained asbestos. As reported by BBC News, the council approved the plan despite opposition from residents and others concerned that the construction may disturb remaining asbestos and lead to contamination.
A spokesperson for the council is quoted as stating of the decision to approve the plans, “We understand residents’ concerns and all the issues raised have been fully considered. All these issues were discussed at the meeting before the decision was made.”
Developer Marley Eternit Ltd reportedly released a statement citing they were fully compliant with health and safety requirements.
As noted in the report, asbestos products were manufactured at the site for more than 80 years.