Asbestos storage plan for Gorseinon site
A NEW asbestos storage unit could be on the way to Gorseinon.
The proposed development involves facilities for the storage of up to 10 tonnes of asbestos waste on Garngoch Industrial Estate.
Swansea Council planners have recommended the scheme be given the green light, and councillors are due to vote on the issue tomorrow.
The applicants, Phoenix Asbestos Recovery Ltd, want to operate the Gorseinon Road site as a transfer business, taking mainly small amounts of waste from the likes of domestic boilers, tiles and asbestos roof sheets and storing them until they can be taken away for disposal.
As part of the plan, Phoenix want to construct a new single-story building, around 80ft by 40ft, to house the waste inside sealed containers.
The firm also wants to build a 27-space car park.
Council planners are recommending the scheme be given the go-ahead, concluding "the proposal is considered an appropriate form of development that will have a limited impact upon amenity, transportation, visual amenity, public safety and has an acceptable relationship with adjoining land uses."
The proposed operation of the unit — on the former JD (Furs) site — would involve up six delivery vans a day delivering the wrapped asbestos waste, with a weekly lorry collection to take the accumulated material to a suitable disposal site.
As part of the planning process Swansea Council has been required to conduct what is known as a habitat regulations assessment to gauge any possible impact on water quality in the nearby Burry Inlet and the wider Carmarthen Bay, and has concluded that the development will "not be likely to have a significant effect".
Neither Welsh Water nor Gorseinon Town Council have raised objection to the plans.