No asbestos found buried on former Steetley site earmarked for housing

John Marshall at the former Steetley site. Picture by FRANK REID.
John Marshall at the former Steetley site. Picture by FRANK REID.

An investigation has ruled that there is NO asbestos buried on a site earmarked for housing.

Land at the former Steetley site, in West View, Hartlepool, was made subject of an inquiry following allegations by former town councillor John Marshall that asbestos was buried there.

The investigation was carried out by the Environment Agency (EA) and Sirius Remediation – the firm which is clearing up the site – which saw a series of pits dug at various locations. None of the pits uncovered any asbestos.

Licensed asbestos surveyors also checked the site and found a “small amount” of asbestos cement roofing fragments on the surface of the land, possibly from previous flytipping, but this has been made safe and is ready for disposal.

The EA has now closed the matter.

EA team leader Tristan Drought said: “We have received a full report from the remediation company which details the work it has done to investigate allegations about asbestos being buried on this site.

“Our officers were on site while a series of pits were dug at various locations and no asbestos was found buried. Licensed asbestos surveyors also walked the site.

“ A small amount of asbestos cement sheet fragments – similar to the material which used for garage roofing – was discovered and has been made safe ready for disposal.

“Similar material was found illegally fly tipped on the site since the original remediation and this will also be disposed of safely.”

A Sirius spokesman added: “The EA were in full attendance at the time and have acknowledged the comprehensive report subsequently provided by Sirius.

“The EA were appreciative of the amount of assistance afforded during their investigation and hoped that the work would help give the complainant closure.”