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Publication date:- 2017-05-08

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Asbestos reappears on Crosby Beach
Photos by Terry Hindle

THE beach is best known as the home of the Another Place sculptures, which was installed by artist Antony Gormley, back in 2007. Sadly, it is not just the art work that the tide reveals and hides daily, on the beach at Crosby. Have you ever spotted the interesting pieces of brick and stonework that is littering part of the beach as you head North, towards Hightown? This section of the coastline hides a dark legacy from World War 2.

A reader, Terry Hindle, has contacted us after discovering asbestos on Crosby Beach. This issue was 1st reported back in 2012, at the time Sefton Council held emergency meetings about the issue. The asbestos was then believed to be no immediate threat to the public, because of the environmental conditions on the coast. It has been identified in the past as a type securely bound into cement, known as chrysotile asbestos or more commonly known, white asbestos.

The material is thought to have been dumped during or after 1948, when rubble came from building damage during the Blitz, during World War 2. The idea was to use the rubble from bomb damaged areas bolster the sea defences along a 2.5 miles stretch of coastline, between Corsby and Hightown, and retain the River Alt. As the erosion continues, at times it releases chunks of asbestos, so if out and about within that area, keep an eye out for it! We would like to point out that we are told that to become a potential health risk, the material must be smashed up to release the fibres, but as its in the open air environment, the chances of the fibres being inhaled are extremely small. At the time it was 1st discovered the cost of removal was deemed to high for such a low risk.

We are also told that regular tests have been made and continue to be made in the area. We are contacting Sefton Council for more information about this issue along with sending them Terry's photographs.


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Liverpool Pride 2017

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Aerobic Gymnastics British Championships - Liverpool 2017

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Sefton set to get 1st Community Police Station

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