Asbestos warning – fire at recycling centre (6 November 2013)
Fears over asbestos in roof of recycling centre have lead to warnings for local residents to keep door and windows closed. Police and fire crews are dealing with a “significant” fire at a recycling centre on a Cowbridge industrial estate. The fire, at the Siteserve Recycling Centre at Llandow Trading Estate, was discovered at 7.20pm on Tuesday. The cause of the fire is yet to be established, but police are warning that it is expected to burn for up to two days. Fire crews are at the scene with a number of appliances, but because the premises on fire has asbestos in the roof, police are warning local residents within a two mile radius to keep their doors and windows closed.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “This is a precautionary measure, residents within a two mile radius, particularly in the direction of Llantwit Major & Southerndown, are requested to keep their doors and windows closed.”
They are also warning that several premises in the nearby vicinity are likely to be affected, and visitors and employees may experience some inconvenience as a result. The premises are Powercafe, BPLG UK, Llandow Circuit, Keyline Products, QU paving, and JWB Recycling. Alun Cairns MP said: “I am very concerned about fire and fall out on local residents and businesses. I have spoken to the police and fire service and am grateful for all their work in bringing the incident under control. They have issued advice that locals should try to stay indoors and close their windows and doors. “Naturally, the police and fire service will investigate the cause of the fire but there appears to be no obvious sign at this early stage.” Llandow farmer and local councillor Ray Thomas was busy tending to his cows on his land which is just two fields away from the scene of the fire. He said: “It’s not really affecting us today. The smoke is low on the ground due to the rain. Our doors and windows are shut anyway due to the weather. “Our water was cut off for a time last night due to the demands of the fire service, but it’s back on now and it’s more or less back to normal. The asbestos is obviously concerning, but this fire is nothing like the one we had at the paper mill years ago.”
Llandow village resident Sharon Parsons, who runs her design jewellery business from her cottage, said: “I am keeping my doors and windows closed and my dog, Matilda won’t be getting her walk today. “I do want to go to the post office in Llantwit Major but I’ll leave that until a little later on. Luckily it is raining which has dampened it down, although there is a smell of plastic in the air.”
Louise Evans, who runs the Llandow Caravan Park said: “We are less than half a mile away from it and its okay where we are at the moment, although it was quite a bonfire last night. We’ve been onto the environment people to get some advice and we are keeping out windows shut. We have got a few people in caravans and they are doing the same. “There aren’t any clouds of smoke blowing over us, probably thanks to the rain.”
Paul Saunders, who works at the South Wales Karting Centre on the estate said it was business as usual. “We are less than half a mile from it and it alright. We have bookings for this evening and they will be going ahead.”