Stowey Quarry asbestos plan 'should be refused'

Planners have recommended a scheme to dispose of asbestos in a quarry in the Chew Valley is refused.

Residents fear asbestos disposed of in Stowey Quarry could leak into the local water supply from Chew Valley Lake.

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition, which was backed by local MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, against the plans by Oaktree Environmental.

Bath and North East Somerset Council is due to make a final decision on the scheme at a meeting on 26 September.

Council planners said it had not been demonstrated that the quarry was an "appropriate location" to dispose of asbestos.

They added there was not enough information on the potential for "significant adverse effects on the water and ecology interests of the Chew Valley Reservoir".

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