Asbestos quarry petition wins 4,000 signatures

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A petition has secured 4,000 signatures against plans to dispose of asbestos at a quarry in the Chew Valley.

Protesters fear asbestos at Stowey Quarry will stray into Chew Valley Lake which supplies water for residents.

Sally Monkhouse, from Stop Stowey Action Group, said any risk of contamination was too great.

Bath and North East Somerset Council said it would be inappropriate to comment ahead of the meeting to decide the issue on 29 August.

Mrs Monkhouse said: "People care very passionately - to get 2,000 signatures on paper and then another 2,000 online, I think that amounts to a lot of public feeling.

"We think if there is the slightest risk of contamination, the council must not let it go ahead."

An application to dispose of hazardous waste at Stowey Quarry was initially approved by Bath and North East Somerset Council last July.

The decision was later quashed but an application has since been resubmitted by Oaktree Environmental.

North East Somerset MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg will hand the petition in to councillors on 24 August.

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