Dale Farm: Basildon Council starts asbestos clean-up

Dale Farm
Image caption Basildon Council said it hoped to recoup its costs from the Dale Farm travellers

Asbestos scattered after a building fire at a traveller site in Essex is to be cleared up.

Basildon Council contractors will also secure a cesspool at the Dale Farm site near Basildon in Essex amid concerns it poses a pollution threat.

The asbestos debris came from roofing sheets on an industrial building damaged by fire last year.

The council said it planned to recoup costs of the week-long clean-up operation from Dale Farm residents.

An access track for equipment is being laid to the part of Dale Farm affected. The clean-up work is expected to start on Wednesday.

The operation follows the eviction of about 80 families who had been living illegally next to a legally occupied part of Dale Farm in 2011.

Council leader Tony Ball, said: "The council now has no choice but to act and do this work now to address the health issues and then seek to recover the costs from the landowners concerned."

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