Mount Batten beach in Plymouth has been closed indefinitely by the local authority after it was discovered that asbestos was again present on the shore just a few short weeks after the beach was temporarily closed off in April of this year.
In April the discovery of a ‘small amount of low grade, low-risk asbestos’ led to the temporary fencing, but now Plymouth City Council has announced that the site is to remain closed for the indefinite future after a much larger quantity of asbestos was discovered on the beach.
The beach is a popular destination with dog walkers so it was vital that fencing was erected as quickly as possible after the discovery of the larger amounts of asbestos. The council has apologised to locals for any inconvenience caused but it is not worth risking human health when it comes to the presence of asbestos in a public place.
A statement from the local authority read:
“Unfortunately for health and safety reasons, Mount Batten beach will remain closed for the time being, due to asbestos containing materials being found on the beach.
Plymouth City Council is continuing its investigations to understand the extent of the problem and the most appropriate way of dealing with it.”
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