Gorseinon asbestos storage plan approved by councillors
PLANS for an asbestos storage site on the edge of Gorseinon have been given the go-ahead — despite reservations from councillors.
The scheme — by Phoenix Asbestos Recovery Ltd — will see a new secure unit built on Garngoch Industrial Estate which will handle waste asbestos from commercial and residential removal jobs.
Up to 10 tonnes of packaged waste will be stored at the plant — the former JD Furs site — before being taken for disposal.
A number of councillors on Swansea Council's planning committee voiced concerns about possible safety implications, but they were told that public health was a matter for Natural Resources Wales and other licensing bodies, and that they should determine the application on building and appropriate land use matters only.
One of those who opposed to the plans was Gorseinon ward member David Lewis.
He said: "The mere mention of asbestos can cause fear in a community. It can cause lung cancer and asbestosis, and often the diseases can take 20 or 30 or 40 years to develop, when we are long gone and our children are here.
"It is the exact location of this I have a problem with — it is right on the edge of the industrial area, on the borders of retail and residential and countryside. It is just too close — there are lots of houses nearby."
Penllergaer councillor Wendy Fitzgerald said she too had concerns about the application, and said members had to be absolutely sure of the safety of the waste before approving the plans — but Uplands member John Bayliss pointed out that Natural Resources Wales had raised no objections, and said that if the application were in his area he'd be "incredibly excited about the jobs coming to my ward".
The application was approved. Following the meeting, Mr Lewis said he was disappointed by the decision.