Date published: 14 August 2013
Fire at former TBA asbestos factory
Rochdale’s MP is calling for all health and safety facts to be made public after it emerged that the fire damaged part of formerly one of the largest asbestos factories in the world is set to be demolished.
Speaking after council officers confirmed that demolition was set to start on part of the former TBA site, Simon Danczuk said it was important that air monitoring should be performed and that precautions were taken to ensure contamination does not escape from the site via drains and watercourses.
“My office is in regular contact with council officers, campaigners, experts and local people to make sure any activity on site is carefully scrutinised and that community safety is paramount,” he said. “Council officers have confirmed that due to the unique circumstances of the TBA site they will be supervising the demolition and have added additional safety requirements for the work to be carried out.
“From a safety perspective I would like to see this carried out in an open and transparent way. The local community needs to be kept informed every step of the way.”